Today is Father’s Day – a day to focus on the dads in our lives. But at some point, it becomes a tough reminder of the years that have passed without our dad. And in my case, this is the 8th year that I have had to rely on just memories of my dad. Fortunately, I also have a lot of photos to help me remember him in a wonderful way.
Here’s a nice family photo from 1931-1932. Left to right, Wilton Gunzendorfer, Robert Levy, Loraine Gunzendorfer Levy, Sig Levy, Abraham Gunzendorfer, Bertha Schwartz Gunzendorfer. And that little guy in the front is my dad, Gordon Levy.
Dad was such a cutie! Here he is in 1933 when he was 6 years old.
And again in 1933 with his mother, Loraine Gunzendorfer Levy, and brother, Robert Levy.
Dad must have gotten a football and/or uniform for Christmas in 1937 - he’s all decked out and ready to play! It looks like this was taken in the backyard of their home in Fresno.
Dad and his brother, Robert Levy, posing in the backyard in September, 1947. Even though they lived quite a distance from each other as they raised their families, they always remained close. At the end of their lives they talked on the phone every day!
After graduating from Fresno High School in 1944, Dad went off to Stanford University in Palo Alto. Here he is leaving for Palo Alto on May 15, 1949 – I hope he took more luggage with him!
Graduation from Stanford University – June 19, 1949. Lots of photos with different family members. Here’s dad and his grandmother, Bertha Schwartz Gunzendorfer.
And with his Uncle Wilt Gunzendorfer.
Look at this group – Bertha Gunzendorfer, Dad, Mom (Gerry Martin), Robert Levy.
Dad was always a star to us – here he is hanging out with his good bud, Bob Hope. I’m just teasing, he didn’t know Bob although it looks like at some point in his life he shared some golf tips with him.
Dad liked to have fun but I sure can’t figure out what they’re doing here.
And some nice photos of Dad later in life.
This may have been one of the last photos taken of Dad before he passed in 2005.
I miss my Dad every day and am so thankful to have such wonderful memories (and photos!) of him. Happy Father’s Day, Dad!