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GORDON WARD DAHNKE

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GORDON WARD DAHNKE Obituary
Dahnke, Gordon Ward

After a day filled with loving and humorous conversations with family and close friends, Gordon W. Dahnke entered eternal life on Flag Day, June 14, 2013, in San Diego, CA. His wife of 26 years, Lynn, was continuously by his side as he waged a final 10-month battle against profound heart failure. Gordon was born November 8, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Gordon and Margaret Dahnke. In March, 1987, Gordon married Lynn Merle Blacker. Their marriage, with friendship as the foundation, was filled with love, laughter, family, celebrations, travel and bull riding, and their home was always open to family and a diverse group of friends. When Gordon talked, one had to listen closely or his one-liners would be missed. He loved his children and grandchildren to the moon and back, and he always enjoyed hosting a party, sharing a good joke, eating a great steak, working in his woodshop with his buddies, but being with Lynn was always his first choice. Gordon is survived by his wife, Lynn, and his children from a previous marriage, Peggy Dahnke; Karen (Paul) Sisco; Pamela (James) Drennen; and Scott Dahnke. Also surviving Gordon are his grandchildren, Kody and Kylie Dahnke who gave "Papa" years of laughter and the strength to overcome many illnesses, as well as a sister, Jeanne Wileman, and numerous nieces, nephews living in Michigan, Israel, Hawaii, and California. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and a sister. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Gordon fulfilled all of his career-related childhood dreams when he worked as Police Officer, EMT, Fire Marshall, Electrician and Contractor. He relocated to Orange County (CA) in 1982, and he truly loved Southern California. Gordon retired from Orange Coast College in 2001. A Celebration of Gordon's Life will be held Saturday June 22 at 2:00PM at Saddleback Memorial Chapel, 220 E. Main Street, Tustin, CA. A reception will follow at the Santa Ana Elk's Lodge. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to the Rider Relief Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting athletes injured in the sport of bull riding - www.RiderRelief.org or 101 W. Riverwalk, Pueblo, CO 81003. The family extends a very special thank you to Dr. Lawrence Santora (Orange, CA) and the excellent team of physicians and nurses at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, CA, for the care provided to Gordon. The family may be reached at DahnkeFamily@gmail.com.

Published in Orange County Register on June 20, 2013
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