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Paul Brinkema - October 21, 2010


Paul Gardner Brinkema passed away on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb. at the age of 83.
Paul was born in Hastings, Neb. on June 14, 1927 to Justus J and Erma (Gardner) Brinkema.
He attended school in North Platte, Neb. and graduated from North Platte High School.
He was drafted into the US Army in 1945. He served in the Occupation Force in South Korea.
After the war he worked for three earth moving companies.
In 1958 he was one of the three founders of Construction Service Equipment Company with offices in Omaha and North Platte, Neb. Selling construction machinery, Paul moved from North Platte to Omaha in 1971 as General Sales Manager until 1980.
At this time he opened a travel agency, Key Travel Company which he sold in 1986 to relocate to Albuquerque, NM. He went to work for Lobo Lift, Inc. as Sales Manager for a few years and returned to Omaha to finish his professional career working for Mid Plains Equipment Company where he retired in 1997.
As a young man Paul enjoyed flying model planes and bowling and later in life loved a good game of golf with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Justus (Bud); and two sisters, Bernadine and Mariel.
He is survived by niece, Jane Crawford of Estes Park, Colo.; great nieces, Paula Scheil of Estes Park, Colo. and Denise Gibb of Imperial, Neb. and many close friends.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 at 11 a.m. CST at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Foundation.