Gail Albert Clinkenbeard Jr. (1921 - 2013)

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July 25, 2013

Gail Albert Clinkenbeard Jr, 92, passed away peacefully July 25, 2013. He was known mostly by his friends as "Clink". Gail was born June 24, 1921 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Gail and Marie Clinkenbeard. He was preceeded in death by his parents, his first wife Virginia and a sister Betty.

Gail is survived by his loving wife Dorothy , his two daughters Virginia Bockert ,husband Dan, Mary Lu Reelfs, husband Rodger,his three stepdaughters, Julia Thon, husband Roger,Brenda Lees, husband Alan, Karen Brophy, husband Larry. There are 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and one brother Bill.

After graduating from high school, Gail served his country in World War 2. 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, Ia. After retiring he and Dorothy moved to Fort Myers Fl. 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. He loved wood working and making bird houses. He refurbished old carousel horses, interesting wall hanging and did it all with an artistic flair. He and Dorothy loved to travel and had many adventures near and far with friends. He also had a love for cruising.

His daughters would come to him for advise and guidance at times. 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 an annual church event for several years.

Gail loved his grandchildren and made go carts, scooters, toy boxes, play houses and played with them all. He did all these things His Way.

There will be visitation at Hodges Kiser Funeral Home 9231 Cypress Lake Dr, Thursday evening 8/1/2013 5 PM to 7PM. A memorial service will follow the next day Friday 8/02/2013 at 11:00 AM at Faith United Mathodist Church 15690 Mcgregor Blvd. In lieu of flowers make donations to Habitat for Humanity and Faith United Methodist Church


Published in The News-Press from July 31 to Aug. 2, 2013
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