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PAUL ROBERT HUENKEMEIER, 82 ROCKFORD - Paul Robert Huenkemeier, of Rockford died in his home at 2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, after lengthy illnesses. Born July 17, 1930, son of Paul and Frances (Tunison) Huenkemeier. Paul lived most of his life in Rockford. As a child, he was baptized and confirmed at Centennial Methodist Church. After graduating from East High School in 1950, Paul served in the Air Force during the Korean War, where he was honored as Airman of the Month while training at Keeler Air Base. His time in the Air Force birthed his love for electronics for the rest of his life, paving his 45-year career as a TV and Audio technician at Hedrick Electric, Sears/Roebuck and his own company, Central TV. Paul married Marjorie Jeanette Crom of Dixon on Jan. 15, 1955. They became members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in the church's infancy. Paul was integral, serving faithfully as their audio technician, head-usher and trustee for decades. His love for the outdoors included fishing, camping, and boating, which turned to RV traveling to 49 states in his and his wife's retirement years, all with rich memories. During these travels, Paul began a genealogical search that culminated in finding ancestral family and returning to homelands in Germany, leaving a rich legacy. Member of Rockford Moose Club, and American Legion. Survivors include devoted wife of 58 years, Marge; daughters, Sue (Rick) Peterson of Patch Grove, Wis., Janice Bourkland (Morris Brunell), Cheryl (Richard) Thurman of Rockton and Jo (Chris) Fox of Rockford; grandchildren, Michelle (Matthew) Garnhart, Derek Peterson, Jeremy Fox (special friend, Katie Prather), Jesse (Alix) Fox, John-Paul Fox, Victoria Fox, Amanda (Shawn) Henderson, Aaron Bourkland (special friend, Alexis Kruger), Vanessa (Brian) Monson, and Adam (Mary) Thurman; great-grandchildren, Braydon, Bryce, Eiley, Tyler, Lucy, Nolan and Baby Monson; fraternal twin brother, Arthur Huenkemeier of Rockford; sister-law, Virginia Countryman; niece, Kalah (Brian) Byman and nephew, Russell (Debbie) Countryman families of Texas; stepbrothers-in-law, Jack (Gayle) Broderick, and Keith Broderick of Iowa; and cousin, Rob (Susan) Mitchell of North Carolina. Predeceased by parents. The family is deeply grateful to the staff at VNA Hospice, especially Julie, James, Brea and Bev. You gave us bright endurance in these past few months. A special salute to Dr. John Dorsey, Dr. D. Rabor, Dr. B. Roy for your great fortitude, patience and expertise over the years, as well as Rockford Memorial Hospital and ER. "I had my beer!" And from your children, Mom, for your lovingly, valiant, long-suffering in your care for Dad, God bless you richly. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4055 N. Rockton Ave., with Pastor Doug Williams officiating. Private family burial in Willwood Burial Park. Visitation from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VNA Hospice, 4223 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108; Aldersgate United Methodist Church; or to the family. Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, is assisting the family. Express condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2013
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