Paul Immanuel Brinkman. Services 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Marks Funeral Chapel, 9293 Eastman Park Dr., Windsor.
Paul Immanuel Brinkman, 69, was born in Windsor, CO to John
and Inez (Nelsen) Brinkman on January 15, 1944—a 3lb.3oz. preemie. He was
baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greeley. At age 18 months he was
stricken with Polio-encephalitis and spent many months in Denver Children’s
Hospital. Though left with significant challenges in life, including
developmental delays and cerebral palsy, he was also gifted with a delightful
spirit, a true love of life and a tremendous love for others. He would NEVER forget a name or a face.
He spent his early years at home with his parents and three
doting big sisters, Karla, Faith and Cora. Part of his childhood was spent in
Beatrice, Nebraska at Martin Luther Home for the disabled. There he was
confirmed and grew in his faith and daily living skills. He returned home at
age 14 for homeschooling and was a vital part of Bethel Lutheran Church and the
Windsor community. Over the years he also worshipped with St. Alban’s Episcopal
Church, Windsor; Galeton Community Church, Galeton; Trinity Episcopal Church,
Greeley, and received encouraging ministry from friend and Chaplain Skip
Tillman and others from the Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church,
As an adult Paul worked for many years at Schaefer
Enterprises, living at home with his parents, continuing to live with his
mother following his father’s death in 1967 until her death in 1981. He then
lived in various homes, including with his sister and brother-in-law, Karla and
Ted Lind of Windsor, some blessed years at Triangle Cross Ranch in Galeton, and
several group homes in Greeley. He participated in Special Olympics for years.
In 2006, he returned to his hometown to live happy and secure last years at
Windsor Health Care.
Paul joins his parents, his half-brothers, infant Martin
Brinkman, John (Katherine) Brinkman, Ferdinand “Brink” (Ann) Brinkman, and half-sister
Karla Lind, all safely home with the Savior in the land of the living.
He is survived by his half-sisters Faith (Donald) Matula,
Loveland and Cora (Robert) Behrens, Omaha, NE; brother-in-law Ted Lind, aunt
Helen (Joseph) Strange, Anchorage AK; numerous nieces and nephews, and a
multitude of friends and caregivers.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at
Mark’s Funeral Chapel, 9293 Eastman Park Dr., Windsor with internment following
at Lakeview Cemetery.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Paul Brinkman
Memorial in care of Marks Funeral & Cremation Service.