George P. Brinkmann, age 78, of Wonder Lake, passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born June 6, 1934 in Chicago to George H. and Ercile Marie (Barber) Brinkmann. George graduated from Proviso East High School in Maywood in 1952. He married Joyce Liehr, also a 1952 graduate from Proviso East, on December 29, 1956 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Melrose Park.
He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, and served in Colorado Springs, CO from 1956 to 1958. After his discharge, he lived in Bensenville before moving to Wonder Lake in 1968, where he built a home to fulfill a dream of raising his family on a lake.
He started work with Illinois Bell in 1952 as a cable splicer in the Construction Department and retired in 1985 as a Construction Manager. Most of his employment was spent in the Barrington and Rockford areas.
He was interested in Civil War and World War II books and restored several antique boats. He loved his many trips around Wonder Lake on his own deck boat and looked forward to the family house boat trips to Lake Cumberland, KY. He remodeled many homes and was a “jack of all trades”. George is most recognized for his many jokes and shenanigans, but the thing that was most important to him was family.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce; three children, Mark (Trudy) Brinkmann of Crystal Lake, Steve (Alyce) Brinkmann of Spring Grove, and Laurie (Dave) Busse of Wonder Lake; seven dear grandchildren, Matthew & Eric Brinkmann, Luke & Marlena Brinkmann and Cory, Jake and Ben Busse; a sister, Sally (Don) Stevenson of Medford, WI; a brother-in-law, David Liehr of Sun City, FL; five nieces and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George H. and Marie Brinkmann; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Evelyn Liehr; and his son-in-law, Jeffrey Spencer.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. The funeral service will be at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dave Gaddini of Fellowship of Faith Church officiating. Military honors will be accorded following the funeral service. Inurnment will be private
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, his family suggests memorials to Fellowship of Faith Church or to Hospice of Northeastern Illinois. For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. Friends may send an on-line condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com.