My father, William C. Truckenmiller (born in 1916), passed away back in the late ‘70s from colon cancer. Digging through a bunch of old photos, I scanned a few to preserve them in digital form. I love this one of him as a very young boy, although there is no date on it---I’m thinking he must have been around 2 years old. There is one old tin-type photo of him at about 10 years old that is slowly fading away. Couldn’t scan that one, but hope I can find a way to preserve it. Any ideas?
When WWII happened, my Dad entered the Navy and served as an officer on this ship, the U.S.S. Crystal. It was a weather ship in the Pacific with its home base on Midway. I love these old photos of him and my Mom:
After the war, he worked in a foundry as a metallurgist, designing and building various munitions. Found this pic of him with our cat, Joe. He was a fun father who loved jokes, sports (he was quite a tennis player in high school), cards, fishing, and crossword puzzles (which he either did in ink or just in-his-head). I am sad that he never lived long enough to see both my brother and I married, with kids. My boys really missed out not having him as a grandfather. But I know he would have been proud of both of them!
Miss you, Dad!