'We love you, Pa-Pa': Ree Drummond pays tribute after 'one of a kind' father-in-law Chuck dies at 79
Ree Drummond is married to Chuck's son Ladd, with whom she shares four children
PAWHUSKA, OKLAHOMA: Blogger Ree Drummond has announced the death of her father-in-law Chuck Drummond, 79. Chuck died peacefully in his sleep of old age on Friday, November 4, Ree confirmed on her blog 'Pioneer Woman', People reported. She also penned a beautiful tribute to the deceased, titled "We love you Pa-Pa."
“I'm sad to share that Chuck---Ladd's dad, my children's grandpa, and my one-of-a-kind father-in-law---passed away Friday morning. I waited a couple of days to share here because we needed to communicate with extended family, take a few breaths, and shed some tears...but since you all have seen photos and read stories about Chuck since the beginning of my blog, I knew I wanted to share with you.” Drummond posted on her blog.
Drummond noted that though Chuck's health was in decline and his demise imminent, it was still heartbreaking. She wrote, “He had been declining over the past two months and we knew his time was limited. He died peacefully in his sleep, thank God. After feeling pretty miserable for the past two or three months, he was finally ready to go.”
She painted a heartwarming picture of Chuck as a man who always had a story to tell and a generous soul. Chuck “raised three sons, taught them all he knew about ranching, then did the same with his six grandchildren," she wrote. "He has seen everything, and packed so much living into his 79 years. He was happiest working, and all the grandkids knew that you should never, ever, ever say you're bored around Pa-Pa...because he'd give you enough work to do to cure you of boredom forever!”
“Chuck had a gravelly voice and could come across as gruff, but the truth about Chuck is that his heart was open and generous, and his family meant everything to him. He kept up with extended cousins, organized family reunions, and made sure connections were maintained through the years,” she added.
Ree recalled having a harmonious bond with her father-in-law, adding he was proud and supportive of her endeavors. “My father-in-law was so kind to me. In the twenty-six years Ladd and I have been married, we've never had a moment of conflict. He gave out my cookbooks to everyone he encountered, he watched my segments on QVC, and when we opened The Mercantile, he mingled and greeted visitors for hours and hours. I'm grateful so many people got to meet him in person," she said.
She ended her blog by thanking her ‘Pa-Pa’ for living a full life and for “letting us all be a part of it.”