William Anthony Yunk

Air Force Badge
  • Name: William Anthony Yunk
  • Location of Birth: Deer River, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 28, 1936
  • Date of Death: April 12, 2019 (82 years old)
  • Parents: Felix L. Yunk and Ruth E. (Francisco) Yunk
  • High School and Class: 12 years high school
  • College: 5 years vocational
  • Highest Rank: A1C (Airman 1st Class)
  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Date Sworn In: August 28, 1957
  • Place Sworn In: Butte, Montana
  • Date of Discharge: August 27, 1961
  • Place of Discharge: Butte, Montana
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    August, 1957 October, 1957 Lackland, Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas
    October, 1957 March, 1958 Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas
    March, 1958 June, 1959 Tachikawa Air Force Base, Tachikawa, Japan
    July, 1959 August, 1961 Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, California
  • Military Awards:
    Good Conduct Award

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  • Civilian Life:
    Four years: Glad to serve and glad to get out. My education from the G.I. Bill provided myself and family our livelihood up to the present time of retirement as a millwright (certified) for Blandin Paper Company in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Bill married Lenetta (Nettie) Malcolm on March 3, 1958 in Anaconda, Montana. Bill worked as a copper smelter in Anaconda, Montana for 9 years. Bill was stationed in Okinawa, Japan then transferred to Vallejo, California where he worked at the Air Force Base at night and on the Navy Base during the day. Then the couple moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota where Bill worked for the Blandin Paper Company for 32 years. While working at Blandin he also owned Bill's Snowplowing and Booster starting service, Bill's Garbage Disposal, and Prairie Lake Greenhouse and Nursery, and worked for Stoeke's Septic Service. After retiring, Bill worked for Alto Sodding, Gibbs Wild Rice processing, and as a consultant for Blandin Paper Company. He was also a volunteer driver with Rapids Transit and AEOA for 17 years serving the people of Itasca County.

    Bill loved to go fishing, camping, and traveling with Nettie in the winter. He was always the official fish cleaner and fryer at church camp. He was a jokester, a social butterfly, and everybody's friend. His nickname at the papermill was "Mr. Coffee".

    Bill is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Lennetta (Nettie), daughters Annette (Rod) Zacharias and Teresa (John) Selander; sons, Anthony (Loretta) Yunk, and Victor (Gaylene O'Brien) Yunk, brother James (Geraldine) Yunk, 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and many other family and friends.

    Bill is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (C-B-31-26)

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