Gail Clinkenbeard, Jr., age 92, passed away peacefully July 25, 2013.
He was known by his friends as "Clink." Gail was born June 24, 1921, in Council Bluffs, to Gail and Marie Clinkenbeard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Virginia; and a sister, Betsy.
Gail is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy; his two daughters, Virginia Lu Bockert, husband, Dan and Mary Lu Reelfs, husband, Rodger; his three stepdaughters, Julie Thon, husband, Roger, Brenda Lees, husband, Alan, and Karen Brophy, husband, Larry. There are 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 2 great great granddaughters and one brother, Bill Clinkenbeard.
After graduating from High School, Gail served his country in World War II. He was in the Army Air Corp spending time in Africa and Italy. He returned home in September 1945. Gail spent most of his life in the Real Estate business in Council Bluffs. After retiring, he an Dorothy moved to Fort Myers, Fla. He had a zest for life, giving of himself. He worked with Habitat for Humanity for several years. Gail had many talents such as writing poetry, and wood working making bird houses. He refurbished old carousel horses, interesting wall hangings, all with an artistic flare.
He and Dorothy loved to travel and had many adventurous trips near and far with friends. He also had a love for cruising. His daughters would come to him for advise and guidance. He was a good father and family man. Gail was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and worked diligently on a Glorified Garage Sale which became a huge success and became an annual event. Gail loved his grandchildren building go carts, scooters, toy boxes, playhouses and he also enjoyed playing with the children. He did all these things His Way.
Memorial services will be held in Ft. Myers, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity.
This obituary was originally published in The Daily Nonpareil.