On a Mission Spring 2018

He had worked at the Ohio Steel Foundry during the Second World War. Those were the days when men and women worked long, tiring, hours in factories producing materials needed to supply the military needs for a war the country was not fully prepared for. Those long hours in the foundry took its toll on my father giving him a lung disease that took his health and eventual- ly his life. He was the father of a large family, ten chil- dren in all. A man with great work ethics and a determination to provide for his wife and children regardless of the way he may have felt physically. Leaving the employment of the found- ry, he found himself the owner of a grocery store in Springfield. But after dealing with unpaid bills from well-meaning customers, a neighborhood where crime and violence was growing daily, he moved his family to a small town in South- ern Ohio. There he started a roofing and siding business, which grew into a home improvement business including heating and air conditioning sales and service. Added to the mix was the own- ership of a wallpaper and paint store that includ- ed other household products and services. It was a living, not making him rich, but it provided for our large family. He worked long and hard hours, but he never complained. It was on a Thanksgiving that I will always remember. The year of the great cranberry scare where it was reported that the traditional side dish with turkey was the cause of cancer. And it was that same Thanksgiving that my dad passed out at the table revealing to me for the first time that my dad was a sick man. This athletic, hard-working man who was indeed the toughest Our Inheritance by DOTTIE MOUNTS 30 | SPRING 2018 ON A MISSION women-on-a-mission.com