Correcting A Family Legend

Updated: Sep 6

I grew up with the story being told that my maternal great grandfather, Glen Ryan had a metal plate in his head. I truly did not really know much about my great grandfather. I never really got a clear reason as to why he was not at family events much. I was eleven when he passed away and most of that time I was not living in Michigan where he lived. Family trips to visit family in Michigan would include visiting all of the other relatives, but not my great grandfather. When I asking about him I would be told that he has a metal plate in his head. I was not really sure what this meant. Further information was never offered as to why I never saw him around.