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Donald L. Binkowski
Donald Leo "Binky" Binkowski, 84, passed away on Friday, June 13 in Green Valley, Az., after complications resulting from pneumonia.
Born July 29, 1929 in Chicago, to Leo and Helen (Grzonka) Binkowski, the family moved to Pound in 1945, where they owned and operated Helen & Leo's 141 Supper Club. A Coleman High School graduate, he also graduated from UW-Oshkosh with an education degree and taught elementary physical education in the Green Bay/De Pere area, eventually accepting a job as principal at Wequiock Elementary School.
His well-known career was in radio and television broadcasting until retirement. He especially enjoyed working with Eddie Jason on "Party Line", and on the "Noon Show" on WBAY-TV 2, but his real love was hosting Channel 2's Northeastern Wisconsin Championship Bowling show. He enjoyed golfing and bowling and was ranked as one of the city's top all time bowlers winning awards including the Ray Mihm award and the first Green Bay Bowling Association Masters scratch tournament in 1990. He was elected to the GBBA Hall of Fame in 1979 and was president of the GBBA for 22 years.
In 2000, the couple moved to Green Valley, Az., where he enjoyed golfing daily. He worked part-time for Green Valley Financial and for the "morning drive" on radio station KGVY. He suffered a life-changing stroke in 2004, which limited his physical abilities.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Edna (Sunny), Green Valley, Az.; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Gary Corroy, Dyckesville; two granddaughters; a brother-in-law, Larry Wright, Lake Geneva; a step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Deb and Dennis Gerondale, Green Valley, Az.; a step-granddaughter; two step-great-grandchildren; nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Megan Burklund and in-laws, George and Vera Wright.
Friends may gather at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 312 Victoria Street, Green Bay, from 9 a.m. until time of a Memorial Mass on Friday, June 27, with Rev. Jose Castaneda officiating. According to his wishes, his body was cremated and in lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name. Blaney Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.