Gordon Charles Brunkhorst, 84, of Jefferson City, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at River City Living Community.
He was born May 10, 1937, in Florence, Missouri, the son of John Dennis and Ona Belle (Cook) Brunkhorst.
A 1954 graduate of Otterville High School, Gordon received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1958 from the University of Missouri.
Gordon served his country with the United States Navy on the USS Bremerton Battleship.
He was united in marriage on June 26, 1965, in Denver, Colorado to Barbara Dale Lankford who preceded him in death on May 19, 2019.
Gordon started his career in Broomfield, Colorado as Vice-President of American Aircraft. From 1967-1995, he was a mechanical engineer and supervisor for Dow Chemical Company. He retired to his family centennial farm in 1995.
He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a life-member of the National Rifleman Association. He was active in the farming community and a member of the Ag Co-Op in Otterville and Sedalia.
In younger years, he was an excellent trapper and sold the pelts to help pay for his college. An excellent marksman, he loved to hunt, fish, and was a meticulous woodworker. He enjoyed reading and read amazingly fast. He was fearless and earned his nickname, “Tough.” He was a fun Papa, and his favorite times were taking his grandchildren on rides at his farm.
Survivors include a daughter, Nicala (Michael) Ballard, Jefferson City; a son, Garrett (Stacey) Brunkhorst, Cypress, Texas; and six grandchildren, Kordell Ballard, Lucas Ballard, Ruby Ballard, Lilyona Ballard, Avery Brunkhorst, and Cooper Brunkhorst.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Barbara.
Visitation will be 11-2 p.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home with military honors at 2 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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