"Bertie Lou Dyson
Dec. 31, 1929 - May 14, 1933"
There was also a Darrell Eugene Dyson but I've not been able to find dates or a grave for him. I believe he may have been born after my father.
And so in the span of 13 years, my grandfather lost 5 children and two wives. Incredible.
Unfortunately, that was not the end of the loss. He went on to lose two grandchildren, my sister Dana and my cousin.
My sister Dana was born on November 22 with spina bifida. In those days, the care that is available now was non-existent and she died a few hours after her birth. My cousin also lived only a few hours. His father, who loved kids so much, was proudly out handing out cigars at work while the family tried to get a hold of him to tell him the baby had died.