Gilbert “Gil” C. Dehnkamp, 87, of Sandusky and residing in Ohio Veterans Home, passed away on Sunday evening, Jan. 27, 2013, at his residence after a lengthy illness.
Gil was born Oct. 20, 1925, in Gary, Ind., son of the late Gilbert C. and Anna (Paul) Dehnkamp. Raised in Olean, N.Y., he graduated from Hinsdale High School. He attended St. Bonaventure College in Olean before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served with the 87th Infantry in World War II, where he was wounded, receiving a Purple Heart.
After the war, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
After college, Gil accepted employment at West Virginia Pulp and Paper, where he worked in various management positions in New York, Louisiana and West Virginia, before retiring from Clupak (a subsidiary of Westvaco) in New York City in 1990.
A lifelong Lutheran, Gil was most recently a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sandusky.
Gil is survived by his daughter, Lynn (Lance) Franke, of Clyde; son, Keith Dehnkamp, of Sandusky; granddaughter, Carrie (Sean) Keipert, of Sandusky; grandson, U.S. Army Capt. Kevin (Belinda) Franke, of Denver; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ruth, in 2012; and his parents.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staffs of the Ohio Veterans Home and Stein Hospice for their care and comfort provided to Gil at the end of his life.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, until military services at 1:30 p.m. at the Ohio Veterans Home, Giffin Chapel, 3416 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Interment will follow in the Ohio Veterans Home Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Gil’s memory to the Kingdom Fund, c/o St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2211 Mills St., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared at toftfh.com.