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GULBRANSEN, HAROLD "CORKY" Jan. 20, 1929 to Jan.1, 2013 Harold "Corky" Gulbransen, 83, of Alpine, CA, died peacefully at home on January 1, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was the youngest child and only son of the late Hans and Ragnhild Gulbransen of New York. Corky, as he was known to family and friends, was born January 20, 1929, in Jamaica, Queens, NY. As a young man, Corky was an avid bicycle racer and an accomplished competitive speed skater. He also made custom racing bicycle frames for several United States Olympic Team cyclists. He married the love of his life, Jean Nelson, on March 7, 1953. Corky was married to 'his Jeannie' for almost 60 years. They raised their two children in Huntington Station, New York, where he was a carpenter and a gold card member of the Empire State Carpenter's Union for over 50 years. When he retired, he and Jean moved to Alpine, CA. There he became an award-winning duck decoy carver. Using his artistic talent and impeccable attention to detail, Corky carved wildfowl that seemed ready to take flight. Those who knew Corky remember him as a wonderful storyteller, always engaging and entertaining. His sense of humor and zest for life were evident to all. Corky is survived by his wife Jean, his daughter Donna, his son Harold and daughter-in-law JoAnne and his three grand-daughters, Krista and husband Mark, Katelyn and husband Scott and Dana and fiance Raul. Corky's memory will live with his family and friends forever.

Published in U-T San Diego on Jan. 20, 2013
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