Marcell B. “Bernard” Tinkler, 88, Humboldt, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at the Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
Bernard was born at Gypsum on Dec. 12, 1921, the son of Irl N. and Maudie M. Mounkes Tinkler.
He served as an Airborn Radio Operator/Navigator during WWII from 1942 through 1945.
He was united in marriage to Anna Mae Nickey on Dec. 27, 1942. She survives, of the home.
Bernard was a career Vocational Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor, and also taught welding. He taught in Humboldt for 27 years and at Altoona-Midway for 8 years.
He was active in Boy Scouts of America. He served as the Scoutmaster in Humboldt, then was on the staff of Wilderness Scout Camp near Independence, Kansas, later becoming Camp Director, and he was Camp Director for Quivira Scout Ranch near Sedan. Eventually he was distinguished by being presented the Silver Beaver Award.
Bernard was a member of the Humboldt United Methodist Church and was active in the Biblesta Parade. He was a member of the Lions’ Club, the Methodist Men’s Club, Boy Scout Silver Beaver Honorary Leaders, Southeast Kansas Silver Beavers Club, and Past President of Humboldt Nutrition Site Council of Humboldt Senior Center.
Along with his wife Anna Mae, he is survived by four sons, David and his wife, Virginia, Great Bend, Steven and his wife, Linda, Janesville, Wis., Michael and his wife, Debra, Kansas, Okla., and Thomas and his wife, Melissa, Humboldt; three daughters, Marcia Klotzbach and her husband, Bil, Humboldt, Alice Gomberg and her husband, Howard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Juliane Goldberg and her husband, Mark, Wichita; 19 grandchildren, Darren Tinkler, Great Bend, Jeremy Tinkler, Kansas City, Mo., Mark Tinkler and his wife, Michele, Arlington, Va., Brian Tinkler, Rockford, Ill., Adam Tinkler and his wife, Bethany, Rockton, Ill., Laura Hess and her husband, Sean, Milton, Wis., Sarah Weight and her husband, Doug, Denver, Colo., Amy Ehmke and her husband, Jim, Chanute, Jeffrey Klotzbach and his wife, Angela, LaHarpe, Jason Tinkler and his wife, Jennifer, Wichita, Tina Fleming and her husband, Brian, Wichita, Seth Tinkler and his wife, Lindsey, Chillicothe, Ohio, Shawna Wheat and her husband, Isaac, Webb City, Mo., Joshua Tinkler and his wife, Melissa, Grayson, Ky., Alex Goldberg, Manhattan, Monica Goldberg, Wichita, Jessica Williams, Great Bend, Vanessa Stephens and her husband, Eric, Olpe, and Darrah Tinkler, Humboldt; 31 great-grandchildren and a sister, Evelyne Tinkler Lawson, Grinnell, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sons, Gregory in 1989, and James in 1978.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at the Humboldt United Methodist Church in Humboldt. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Humboldt.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Penwell-Gabel Humboldt Chapel in Humboldt.
Memorials in his name may be made to Humboldt United Methodist Church, Tinkler Family Scholarship Fund (to be awarded to graduates of Humboldt High School) or Quivira Scout Ranch and may be left with the funeral home.
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