George Henry Bockwinkel III, 73, a longtime resident of River Forest, died at his home on March 17, 2011. Born on Dec. 19, 1937 in Chicago at Westside Hospital to George H. Jr. and Ruth (nee Rau) Bockwinkel, he was a graduate of Lincoln Elementary School in River Forest and a 1956 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School.
Mr. Bockwinkel served in the U.S. Navy for eight years as a pilot, then in the National Guard Reserve. When he was hired by American Airlines as a pilot, he had the distinction of being the youngest captain at the time. He retired from American Airlines in 1992. Mr. Bockwinkel also had a passion for cars and was also a longtime member of the River Forest United Methodist Church.
George Bockwinkel is survived by his sister, Sally Bockwinkel (David) Sowersby. He was the uncle, great-uncle and cousin of many. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his stepfather, Frederick Allen Slaughter; and his sister, Ann Bockwinkel Riddle.
A memorial service will be held at River Forest United Methodist Church, 7970 Lake St., River Forest, on Saturday, March 26 at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to your favorite charity are appreciated.
Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.