November 30, 1921 - September 12, 2013

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Obituaries » NORBERT A. INKEL

INKEL, NORBERT ANDREW “BOB,” died September 12, at Lantern Crest Retirement Home in Santee, Calif. He was born in Kingscroft, Quebec, on Nov. 30, 1921. His father, Leon Inkel, was married to Marie Rose (Messier) Inkel. Together they had four sons, Ray, Ted, Norbert and Fred, and one daughter, Gabrielle. When Norbert was five years old, his father died. The family moved from Quebec to Barre, where his mother met and married Arthur Brule. They had two children, Maurice and Jeanette. Norbert graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre. He later moved to Connecticut, and in 1942 entered the U.S. Army during World War II. He also served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during his time with the military. He met Katherine McSorley who was also in the Royal Canadian Air Force at Mont Joli, near Montreal. They were married in 1946, and lived in Toronto, Canada; Barre; and Hartford, Conn., before moving to California in 1953. They had two children, Marie (aka: Diana) and David Inkel. Norbert worked at General Dynamics in San Diego for 40 years. He worked on the Atlas missile program at the Astronautics plant during the height of the aerospace era, and was sent on assignment to Cape Kennedy, then known as Cape Canaveral, to do special tool work on the Atlas missile, and witness a missile launch. At the end of the 40 years, he retired. He was always busy. He loved gardening and fishing. He was married for 56 years. He was predeceased by his wife Kay; brothers Ray Inkel, Ted Inkel and Maurice Brule; brother-in-law Orbert “Bob” Hutchins; sisters-in-law Loraine Brule, Lorna Inkel and Mary Inkel. He is survived by his daughter, Diana Prince and son, David Inkel; as well as his two grandchildren, all of San Diego, Calif. He is also survived by his sisters, Gabrielle Hutchins of Barre and Jeannette Roy of Enfield, Conn.; and his brother, Fred Inkel of North Hero, Vt. and Bonita Springs, Fla. In addition, he has numerous nieces and nephews in the New England area and the Western United States.

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