AceShowbiz - Jana Kramer is mourning the death of her grandfather. In the wake of Jim Kauffman's passing, the former "One Tree Hill" star offered a final tribute to him along with his heartfelt throwback pictures.
The 38-year-old shared the photos on her Instagram page on Wednesday, July 20. "Heaven has a new angel. My grandpa, Jim Kauffman. Our hearts are broken. Please pray for my beautiful grandma @margekauffmann who said goodbye to her love of 72 years this morning…. and all of my family," she began her message.
"We didn't know if he was going to make it to the 4th of July but he hung in there for all of us to be around him one last time… To kiss and hug him one last time," the country singer added. "I know we are all forever grateful that God gave us those final memories with him… And then he took him home."
"My grandpa was the funniest man I've ever met. He would have us laughing until we cried at the campfire with his jokes and stories. He was the euchre king and taught me everything I know about that game," she further recalled. "He was a tough man but he loved my grandma since 4th grade. Thanks for all the love you gave us grandpa. Also, No one will ever be able to make stuffing as good as u on thanksgiving… EVER."
Before concluding her lengthy post, Jana wrote, "I hope you are playing all the euchre and cribbage in heaven, with a beer and a shot of whiskey on the side." She then noted, "Rest in Peace Grandpa. We love you so much."
Jana also expressed her grief on Instagram Story. Alongside a photo of a view from what appears to be a mountaintop, she penned, "Heart is very heavy as I got the news 20 mins after landing in LA... but I sat up here for about an hour and just prayed. Listened to his favorite Willie Nelson and tried to get as close to heaven as I could up here."