Col Kerkman - you were one of the most down to earth, friendly, and caring commanders, officers, and man I have ever known. It was truly a privelege to serve with you and I will always treasure our friendship and your sense of humor. You always came by the Civilian Personnel Office with a wry smile and a funny quip or joke to make our days better. I will miss you and remember you always. God Bless you and your family.
Honored to have taken care of Mr. Kerkman and wonderful and inspiring to meet his family...a gentleman to the end.
What a great person! We simply need a whole lot more people on this earth like Denny. Enjoyed your friendship my friend. You will be missed! Gods speed Denny.
I'm was very sadden to hear that one of the greatest leaders that I have known and served under had taken ill and is now with God and with all the other great leaders. His wife Nancy and family are in my prayers. Denny you will also be in our heart and prayers.
Dennis and I flew together in PRANG and share our love for airplanes and motorcycles. We spent quite a bit of time talking about his Spanish Alpina motorcycle.
Denny..... You were just coming to the 198th as I was exiting. My thoughts were what a terrific person to complement the Bucc's. Admired and loved by all, I salute you on your final flight into the sunset.
I met Denny at Parks College in 1961. We lived in the same dorm and he was my flight commander in ROTC. He was a great leader then and the rest of his military career. We had many great times with Denny and his family while in Puerto Rico. I am blessed to have known Denny.
I met Denny at Parks College in 1961. We lived in the same dorm and he was my flight commander in ROTC. He was a great leader then and the rest of his military career. We had many great times with him and his family in Puerto Rico. Bless you Denny for being in my life.
Met Dennis at PRANG in 1975. Flew me in the F-104, a ride with Dennis I will never forget. Saw him again at while I attended A-7D Training at DM, AFB in 1978. Dennis always inspired me with his directness, leadership and airmanship.
Thank you Dennis for your friendship, we will meet again. God Bless you and Fly West my friend.
God bless you Denny, Nancy, Tim, Scott and Micheal.
I never saw Denny fly airplanes, but I saw him soar as a superb father and friend during the many years I was honored to be his kids pediatrician and to be someone whose kids joined Denny and his sons on Black River camping and fishing trips.
I was deeply saddened to hear of Denny's passing. My sincere sympathy to Nancy and the Kerkman family.
I always had the greatest respect for you--the airmen who served under you were lucky to have such a warm and caring
C.O. This world lost a good one--the next world is better for the addition--------
I served under Denny with the ANG 162nd back in the late 80's. His wife Nancy was my oldest son's 3rd grade teacher. Denny took some of his valuable time to give him a personal tour of the base. He was a great guy. It was an honor to serve under him.
I am very proud to have served under Brig Gen Kerkman while at the 162nd, he was truly an outstanding commander. On behalf of my wife, Diana, and our family our thoughts and prayers are with the Kerkman family. God Bless.
Hector Lucero, MSgt (Retired)
Denny was a truly wonderful person and leader. Always remembered his smile and laugh!