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Goodbye, Grandpa

This Independence Day, I wanted to highlight my grandfather, a World War II veteran, who continued to pay for our freedom until he died two weeks ago at the age of 94.

To be honest, I didn’t really know my grandpa Vail Van Leuven until about eight years ago. Prior to me joining the staff of the Jefferson Star weekly newspaper in his county, I knew him as a quiet guy who would either answer in a few short sentences, or he would crack jokes. He was very funny and very serious, if that makes any sense.