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FRED WILSON KONKEL 8-4-1922 - 10-5-2012 Fred was born in San Francisco to Pearl and Fred W. Konkel Sr. He learned to play the accordion, saxophone and clarinet, and also had a very good singing voice. He was attending the Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley when World War II began. He enrolled in the Army Air Force and became a 1st Lt. and a B-24 bomber pilot, serving in North Africa and Italy. He received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal. After the war, he married Sherry Wade in January 1946 in Fresno, CA and by 1955 they had four children. He worked for the National Cash Register Co., Bell Helicopters, Hughes Tool Co., and UCB Bank (now Wells Fargo). In February 1960, he attended the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley where he demonstrated the Bell Helicopters, as these were the official ship of these Olympics. He put his helicopter flying skills to work in Nov. 1960 when he rescued two people from the narrow Virgin River Gorge in AZ. At the age of 47, he completed his BA degree in Business at Calif. State Univ. at Los Angeles. Fred and Sherry moved to Raincross at Riverside Assisted Living in February 2008 and made many new friends. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sherry and his three children: Julie Keaton, Marla Carr, and David Ayres. His son Scott Konkel preceded him in death in 2007. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, five (almost six) great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the National Ataxia Foundation, In Memory of Fred W. Konkel, 2600 Fernbrook Lane, Suite 119, Minneapolis, MN 55447-4752.

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 11, 2012
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