HUMBOLDT — Marcell B. (Bernard) Tinkler, 88, of Humboldt, passed away Nov. 3, 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 World War II 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 adviser, and also taught welding. He taught in Humboldt for 27 years and at Altoona-Midway for eight 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, 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 of Great Bend, Steven and his wife Linda of Janesville, Wis., Michael and his wife Debra of Kansas, Okla., and Thomas and his wife Melissa of Humboldt; three daughters, Marcia Klotzbach and her husband Bill of Humboldt, Alice Gomberg and her husband Howard of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Juliane Goldberg and her husband Mark of Wichita; 19 grandchildren, Darren Tinkler of Great Bend, Jeremy Tinkler of Kansas City, Mo., Mark Tinkler and his wife Michele of Arlington, Va,, Brian Tinkler of Rockford, Ill., Adam Tinkler and his wife Bethany of Rockton, Ill., Laura Hess and her husband Sean of Milton, Wis., Sarah Weight and her husband Doug of Denver, Amy Ehmke and her husband Jim of Chanute, Jeffrey Klotzbach and his wife Angela of La Harpe, Jason Tinkler and his wife Jennifer of Wichita, Tina Fleming and her husband Brian of Wichita, Seth Tinkler and his wife Lindsey of Chillicothe, Ohio, Shawna Wheat and her husband Isaac of Webb City, Mo., Joshua Tinkler and his wife Melissa of Grayson, Ky., Alex Goldberg of Manhattan, Monica Goldberg of Wichita, Jessica Williams of Great Bend, Vanessa Stephens and her husband Eric of Olpe, and Darrah Tinkler of Humboldt; 31 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyne Tinkler Lawson of Grinnell, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Gregory in 1989, and James in 1978.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, 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 until 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. To leave a special message for the family on-line, visit www.PenwellGabelHumboldt.com.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Penwell-Gabel Humboldt Chapel*
Humboldt, KS 66748
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 5, 2010