Today is Another Day in Which to Excel

///Today is Another Day in Which to Excel

Today is Another Day in Which to Excel

Hi guys,

Grandpa Wunder passed away last week.  He was 94 and the patriarch of the entire Wunder clan.  I went to his funeral in Dayton last Saturday.  His story and legacy is a pretty remarkable one and I wanted to share a bit of it with you today.  I hope you don’t mind.

My Grandfather was a B24 pilot in WW2.  He told stories of how it was the B24 that actually won the war and how scary it was to fly in that time where there were very few instruments guiding your way.  After the war he went to Purdue and MIT eventually becoming an engineer who developed tools that helped with the logistics of Air Force planes.  He even holds several patents for his ideas. That’s him in the middle of the back row.

Grandpa Wunder was also a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner and Deacon at his church.  He volunteered countless hours through those organizations driving kids to the Shriner’s hospital in Cincinnati from where he lived in Dayton.  He even made hand carved toys for the children.

He loved woodworking, gardening and was the most patriotic man you’ll ever meet.  He used to raise an American flag in his yard each morning playing Reveille and lower it in the evening playing Taps.  Somehow word of his tradition made it all the way to Washington, DC and he was honored by President George W. Bush for his patriotism.  To honor his love of country my family wore red, white and blue to his viewing.

My Uncle also decorated his house with hundreds of flags to celebrate Grandpa.

He loved to travel and always made sure the entire family got together for big family vacations.  Even though I grew up several states away, I always knew that I’d see him again soon… most likely somewhere fun.  He took the entire clan on two cruises in my twenties.  I have some of my best family memories from those times.  He taught me the importance of putting family first by his actions.

He was funny, a prankster and full of life.

Grandpa Wunder was married to my Grandmother, his High School sweetheart, for 73 years.  They were inseparable until the end.

Beyond the details, it was his life affirming sayings that will stick with all of us and be passed down through the generations.  You would ask him how his day was and he’d say…. “Today is another day in which to excel!”  He’d also say things like “Today is another God given day!”  He had a profound positive streak that kept him going, even when his body started failing him.  In recent years he had gone nearly blind, had awful arthritis making his hands almost unusable and was in a lot of pain… but he rarely complained or had anything negative to say.

He taught me the value of hard work, to do my best every day and find the positive in each day… even the hard days.

I know he is in heaven now where he can see perfectly again, his hands work with ease to create magical things out of wood and he is no longer in pain.  We will miss him dearly but will see him in heaven one day.

By | 2018-05-02T10:06:05-04:00 May 2nd, 2018|Friends & Family, Fun|23 Comments


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  5. Carol Ridenour May 6, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your memories with us Julie! Sounds as if your Grandpa was a wonderful, loving man, who I am sure was as proud of you as you were proud of him…❤️❤️❤️

  6. Blane Sherer May 5, 2018 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your grandpa’s story.
    His impact will be felt long after his passing
    through your family and others.

  7. Pat Kinzig May 5, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

    What a beautiful tribute to your sweet grandpa, Julie, a man I’ve known myself since I was 6 years old (a LONG time ago!) He was a great man, and I certainly never saw that “strict” side that everyone spoke of last weekend…he just always had a twinkle in his eye as he pulled the next little prank! It was so nice finally meeting you and your husband last weekend at the funeral, and I hope you didn’t have any problems flying home on Sunday! Take care, and I’ll enjoy following you on your blog in the future! Good Luck to you! Pat (your Aunt Beth’s friend)

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  9. Rachael wunder May 3, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Julie… Dad/Grandpa would be so proud of such a beautiful tribute. Love you girl❤️❤️❤️

  10. Susie @ Suzlyfe May 3, 2018 at 3:29 am - Reply

    He sounds like an incredible man and father and grandfather. What a legacy he made! But you are pretty remarkable yourself and an engineer in many ways–a similar creative mind!

  11. Lisa Ballantyne May 2, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories of such a special man. May his legacy live on!

  12. Mary Jean Henson May 2, 2018 at 10:45 am - Reply

    What a beautiful tribute to your grandfather. What a great legacy he left. So sorry for your loss.
    I know you will miss him so much.

  13. Diane May 2, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your Grandfather’s legacy. I enjoyed reading about his patriotism and the impact he had on so many lives. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  14. Mike McGlohon May 2, 2018 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I’m so sorry that your grandfather has passed Julie! What a wonderful tribute to him. Sounds like he set a great example for everyone to follow! My father too was in the USAF and was Mason and Shriner, and set a great example for us kids to follow. We will miss them all a great deal, but the legacy they left will last forever! May God be with you and your family in these tough times.

  15. Susan Wyatt May 2, 2018 at 9:28 am - Reply

    I’m sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man.

    Susan Wyatt

  16. Erinn May 2, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

    This is a beautiful post!! So sorry about your grandfather – it sounds like he was a pretty spectacular person!

  17. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real May 2, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Julie your grandpa sounds like a wonderful man. I can imagine he had so much wisdom to give to you all. Prayers to you and your family.

  18. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups May 2, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

    What a beautiful tribute Julie! So sorry for your loss.

  19. Wendy May 2, 2018 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Your grandpa sounds like a wonderful man! Such a beautiful tribute and legacy that he passed down to you and your family.

  20. Judy May 2, 2018 at 7:32 am - Reply

    What a beautiful tribute to your grandfather!

  21. Linda T white May 2, 2018 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing,I wish I had known him.A great legacy for many generations to come.

  22. Domenica Zingone May 2, 2018 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Beautiful tribute to your dear grandfather, he sounds like a Wunderful individual. He continues to live in you, cherish the memories and strive to live life like he did.
    Much love,

  23. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. It sounds like he left a mark on your life and everyone else’s he touched.

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