He was born Jan. 3, 1926, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Frank Kinsey Levinson and Blanche Foreman Levinson. He grew up in Indianapolis and lived in Indiana his entire life.
He attended De Pauw University. His time there was temporarily interrupted by WWII as he served in the US Navy. He graduated with a degree in mathematics and education and worked for Shortridge High School teaching mathematics and coaching the freshman basketball team. Later, he received his MA from Butler in education. After a few years, he began working for the family business: a chain of men’s clothing stores — Harry Levinson’s — where he eventually became president.
He was active in the International Snipe Sailing class as commodore in 1959 and he and his brother, Harry, were national and regional champions and represented the USA in worlds and Pan-American championships. Buzz remained active his entire life. He supported the Wheeler-Dowe Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis, led the Carpe Diem academy for many years teaching children and ran his own t-shirt company. He designed his products to carry ideas and humor to thousands of customers.
Buzz and his wife Winifred (Bundy) were married for nearly 40 years and had four children: Frank, Mary (deceased), Carl and Paul. They were active with the Christian Science churches in Indianapolis and Goshen. He is also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering and service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis. Midwest Funeral Home and Cremation Society, Fort Wayne, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Wheeler-Dowe Boys and Girls Club, 2310 East 30th St., Indianapolis, IN 46218.