Two generations of Wirth boys in the early 1970s. This photo was taken in the family room of the house I grew up in.
At the bottom of the photo in the middle is my dad, Jack. Stricken with Multiple Sclerosis in his late 20’s, Dad was eventually confined to his recliner and wheelchair. Dad was the youngest of three brothers, but the first to pass at the young age of 48 back in 1977.
My dad’s older brother Donald (“Bud”) is on the far left. Uncle Bud enlisted in the army on March 9, 1942. He served in Burma during WWII, and like many who served, was forever scarred by his experiences at war. Uncle bud died in 1984 at the age of 65.
My dad’s oldest brother Louis is on the far right. Uncle Louis had a 50-year career at The Dow Chemical Co., where he made significant contributions in the advancement of ion exchange resins for use in the process industries. We just lost Uncle Louis in October, 2013 - he was 96 years old. Louis’ wife of 77 years, my Aunt Helen, is still with us at 99 years of age.
I’m the youngest in the photo, laying between dad and Uncle Louis. My brother Tim in the groovy pants is sitting on the other side of Dad. Standing in the back are my older hippee brothers Lou and Chris, sporting their long hair and wide leather belts - very much the fashion of the day.
At the time of this photo, only two Wirth boys are missing - my cousins Dan and Don.
I’ve always loved this photo, as it includes all of the men who have influenced the person I’ve become. Men I have looked up to, honored, respected throughout my life. My dad, my uncles and my brothers. My heroes.
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