I remember when the Hughes family recieved the news of Will/Pa/Grandpa Hughes' death. Carol Demming Hughes Stallings answered the telephone, and Mrs. Kopechne/Hughes informed Caol or his death. Carol then informed the others.
What I do not remember is an on-screen funeral for Pa. It seems natural that there would have been one, and I guess that I missed it. Was one shown?
Older perfomers Santos Ortega and William Johnstone (Judge James Lowell) were dropped when the show was expanded to a full hour. The reason given was that the older performers may have not been able to stand a show that had doubled in length.
However, at some time in the 1980s (after I had stopped watching the show), Judge Lowell was brought to the show. Later, the actor did pass away. Was there any acknowledgement of the judge's death?
When Ethel Remey died (but had not left the show before her death), the role of Alma was temporarily recast. Then, Alma departed to take a lengthy cruise.