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George W. Gunkel


George W. Gunkel, age 90, of Tampa, FL, loving husband and father, died on November 3, 2022. He is survived by Holly, his wife of 69 years, and three daughters; Michelle Higgins; Patti Ballard and Shelley Mouzis. He is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. George retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1969 as a Chief Master Sergeant with twenty years of service in computers and communications, serving tours in Germany, Korea and Vietnam. While in the Air Force he pursued a B.S. degree in business attending night school at Wright-State University in Dayton, Ohio. He continued his education at American University in Washington, D.C., University of Chicago and Stanford University. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he embarked on a business career in technology, beginning as computer sales rep with Sperry Univac, later joining Northern Telecom as VP Sales, followed by positions of VP Sales & Marketing at Tran Telecommunications and CXC Corporation.  He cofounded computer networking company, Prodigy Communications, Inc. in Santa Barbara, CA, and retired as President & CEO of the firm in 1990. Arrangements entrusted to Veterans Funeral Care.

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