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Gerald James Konkle

June 17, 1942 March 21, 2013
Gerald James Konkle
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Obituary for Gerald James Konkle

Gerald J. Konkle of Pinckney, formerly of West Bloomfield, was born June 17, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan to Harry Edwin and Margaret Ann (nee: Brockman) Konkle. He died March 21, 2013 at the age of 72.

He is the beloved husband of 51 years to Diane. Loving father of Jeffrey (Denise) Konkle, Barbara (Frank) Dwyer, and Steven Konkle. Dear grandfather of: Brian, John, Kevin, Joseph, and Katelyn. Brother of Glen (Patricia) Konkle. Son in law of Baldo Bonadeo. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

English poet William Wadsworth once said, “The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless acts of kindness and of love.” Jerry was a good man, to be sure. And while he was a big man in stature, personality, and ambition, it was those little acts of kindness and love that defined the man he was.
In 1960, this tall, handsome bear of a man whisked Diane off on dates – to Geiger’s drive-through, the Fox Theatre, Red Wings games. Jerry’s clean-cut good looks defeated all other suitors, and soon enough he won her heart. Marrying Diane, he set out to find a house. Not any house, but one that was worthy of the woman he loved and the children he would raise. Every house after that was “worthy”.
He helped others with their houses, too, and could see a home from a plan. When a sister-in-law plunked 30 floor plans in front of him, near tears, on a deadline and too overwhelmed to choose, he looked at them for three minutes and said, “That’s the one. That’s a fantastic house.” And it was.

His ambition for projects was legendary. He would get up one morning and say, “I think I’ll build a grandfather clock.” No, not a clock – many clocks, for Diane, for Baldo and Angie, for Jeff, for Barb, for Steve – six in all. Or he’d get up one morning and say, “I think I’ll build Barbie’s daughter Katie, a cute little potty chair.” Later, “Hey! Forget Playskool; I’ll make her a beautiful wooden stove!” The biggest: “I think I’ll turn the basement into a log cabin.” And, mustering the troops to help, off he went to build.

He loved boating too, and captained the Sandpiper for years. “Let’s go for a boat ride, Di,” turned into fantastic adventures with the family, to places like Put-in-Bay, Mackinac Island, Amherstburg, Ontario and others. About vacations, the family’s Barefoot Cruise on the tall ship Fantome is talked about to this day.

He loved to cook, and was quite the chef! Homemade soups and barbeque were two his culinary specialties. Today, he leaves three four-inch ring binders full of recipes he clipped and cooked.
A wonderful husband, father, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, Grandpa. A great carpenter, chef, boat captain. A wry sense of humor and ability to "tell it like it is." These are just a few of the things we cherish about "Big Jerr." You’ll be in our hearts forever, Jerry.

Funeral mass from Prince of Peace Catholic Church 4300 Walnut Lake Rd. (West of Orchard Lake Rd.) Monday 11 AM (in state 10:30 AM). Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Sunday 3-8 PM . Memorials to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital appreciated.



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