RUSSIA - William A. Dunkel, 90, of Russia Road, Russia, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 9:05 a.m. Tuesday April 9, 2013, at Versailles Health Care.
He was born Nov. 24, 1922, in Mount Carmel, Ill., and was raised in Fort Branch, Ind., by the late Peter and Rose (Anslinger) Dunkel. Bill was truly blessed when he married his first wife, Marcella Monnin, on Sept. 10, 1947, and she preceded him in death on May 22, 2001. He was again blessed by his second marriage to Carol (Monnin) Sherman on Jan. 8, 2005. She survives in Russia.
Bill is also survived by children, Jacqueline and Victor Stuffel, of Muncie, Ind., Barbara and Harry Crego, of Huber Heights, Mark and Mary Dunkel, of Mentor, Janel Grillot, of Russia, Suzette and Marvin Smith, of Troy, Angie and Dan Lachat, of Russia and Tina and Doug Ike, of Houston; stepchildren, Joan and Ed Grilliot, of Versailles, Cindy Webster, of Sidney, Sandy and Gary Meyer, of Troy, Chris Baugher, of Russia, Doug and Terri Sherman, of Piqua, Mark and Cheryl Sherman, of Sidney and Pat and Sheri Sherman, of Russia; 21 grandchildren; 27 stepgrandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 37 stepgreat-grandchildren; one stepgreat-great-grandchild; brother, George and Juanita Dunkel, of Fort Branch, Ind.; sister, Carol Harrington, of Indianapolis, Ind.; ad brother-in-law, Allen Perkins, of Fort Branch, Ind.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Blair and Bonnie Perkins.
He was a member of St. Remy Catholic Church, Russia, a fourth-degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Russia, the CWV, the American Legion, Sidney, and of the Tankers Association. He was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and proudly served in the Pacific Theatre as a radio man and in the Tank Division.
He started Akerue Electronics as well as Dayton Electronics Alarm and Signal installing burglar and fire alarms, and retired from Wells Fargo Alarm Service. In his later years, he was also able to fulfill his dream of being a cattle farmer and founded The Someday Farm.
He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and was an inspiration to all of his family. Semper Fi.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at St. Remy Catholic Church with the Rev. Frank Amberger, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Remy Cemetery.
Friends may call at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Russia, on Thursday, April 11, 2013, from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 9 to 10 a.m.
Condolences may be made at the funeral home's website, www.hogenkampfh.com.
Published in Sidney Daily News on Apr. 9, 2013