Ree Drummond mourns the loss of her father-in-law, Chuck Drummond, who died on November 4th. Reflecting on how great Chuck was as a father and grandfather, Drummond called him a “one-of-a-kind father-in-law.” -Law.”
On November 6, Drummond took to Facebook to share the news of the loss of her family. “Many of you have known Pa-Pa from my blog and cooking show over the years and I wanted to share this news with you. Thank you for your love and prayers, especially for Ladd and his brother Tim and their six grandchildren,” she wrote.
In a blog post titled “We love you Pa-Pa” on The Pioneer Woman’s website, Drummond shared that it was “such a sad goodbye to our family.”
She wrote: “I am saddened to learn that Chuck – Ladd’s father, my children’s grandfather and my one and only father-in-law – passed away on Friday morning. I waited a few days to share it here because we needed to communicate with extended family, take a few breaths and shed a few tears…but since you’ve all been seeing photos and reading stories about Chuck since I started blogging, I knew that it was me wanted to share with you.”
Drummond continued: “He had been slacking off for the last two months and we knew his time was limited. He died peacefully in his sleep, thank God.”
The Food Network star added, “After feeling pretty miserable for the last two or three months, he was finally ready to go.”
Drummond went on to share how special Chuck was. “Many of you know Chuck as Pa-Pa, as we all called him,” she wrote. “He raised three sons, taught them everything he knew about ranching, and then did the same with his six grandchildren.”
She continued, “He’s seen it all and packed so much life into his 79 years. He was happiest at work, and all the grandkids knew never, ever, never say you’re bored around Pa-Pa…because he’d give you enough work to keep you from boredom forever to heal!”
Despite his “hoarse voice,” Drummond said he was anything but “gruff.” She wrote, “The truth about Chuck is that his heart was open and generous and his family meant everything to him. He kept in touch with cousins, organized family reunions and made sure the connections were maintained over the years.”
Drummond shared how kind Chuck was to her, and he was supportive of her many accomplishments, like the way he shared her cookbooks, watched her QVC segments, and “chatted with and greeted visitors” at The Mercantile.
She promised to share more photos of Chuck soon. “We love you so much, Pa-Pa. Thank you for living such a fulfilling life and sharing it with us all,” Drummond wrote.
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The Pioneer Woman The star’s fans flooded the comments section with messages of support and prayers. “What a wonderful life and legacy! Prayers for the Drummond family as they mourn and celebrate their beloved dad!” one person wrote.
A lot of people reflected on how much they’ve enjoyed seeing Chuck on their show over the years. “Rest in peace. I loved seeing him on your show. Prayers and hugs for your family,” one fan wrote.[eaceIlovedwatchinghimonyourshowPrayersandhugsforyourfamily”onefanwrote[eaceIlovedwatchinghimonyourshowPrayersandhugsforyourfamily”onefanwrote
Another follower remarked: “I’m so sorry to hear this news. makes me so sad A favorite of mine on the show. Love and sympathy for Ladd and family. God bless you all.”
“I am very sorry. Mr. Chuck was one of my favorite parts on your show. A real man but you can tell as a viewer that he has a great sense of humor and a tender heart,” wrote another fan.