Harry Miley was forced to retire early. He had been a construction carpenter and strongly built. His heart, though, was damaged from a case of disseminated strep AKA scarlet fever when he was a child. It did not help that he had the same disease as an adult and tried to go to work anyway. Missing work was not something one did, especially when construction shut down for the winter.
He was an intelligent man. His IQ was 121, same as mine and my son's. He did not finish the 9th grade for a number of reasons. His father was a raging alcoholic, they were dirt poor, and reading between the lines he probably had the same written language deficits that both my son and I had. We had a chance to overcome and compensate and he really did not. He did finish a GED in his 60's and even took a college English course at a community college.
He was a kind man who wanted a few simple things in life after he retired, some of which he achieved and some he did not. I have a slow smoldering anger for the things he could not achieve that mostly gets vented in my politics.
I'm now older than he was when he died. I wish that he could have met his grandson. He'd be bewildered by him, but love him none the less.