Ronald Jack Geurkink, 83, of Duncan, Okla., passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Duncan.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Assumption Catholic Church, Duncan, with Father Peter Jandaczek officiating. A reception will follow in Gillespie Hall. All are welcome.
Jack was born March 29, 1932, at Salina, Kan., to Al and Olive Geurkink. He graduated from Ardmore High School and Oklahoma A&M. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church. He married Ann Elizabeth Buchanan on April 11, 1957, in Norman. They made their home and raised their family in Duncan.
Jack grew up around animals and the outdoors and developed a lasting passion for both. He passed on this enthusiasm to his children and grandchildren. A dedicated quail hunter, Jack was often heard to say that he enjoyed watching the bird dogs run as much as any other aspect of the hunt. He shared a love of racehorses with both friends and family. His love of the outdoors was equaled by his love of his community, feeling it was important to give his time and effort to projects and causes that benefitted Duncan and Southwest Oklahoma.
Throughout the years, he served as President of the Board of Directors of Duncan Regional Hospital, the United Way of Stephens County, Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis of Duncan. The Stephens County Democratic Party enjoyed his Chairmanship recently and he also was active with the Waurika Master Conservancy District. Jack was voted Duncan Man of the Year in 1985.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Geurkink of the home; five children, Mark Geurkink, Joan Geurkink Lawson, Jayne Geurkink Junell, Adam Geurkink and David Geurkink; 11 grandchildren, Ryan Rainer and wife, Amanda, Jordan Williams and husband, Trey, Jack Geurkink and wife, Kayla, Christy Krawietz, David Krawietz, Lane Geurkink, Sam Geurkink, Molly Ralstin, Noah Geurkink, Olivia Geurkink and Mia Geurkink; and three great-grandchildren, Piper Rainer, Walker Williams and Audrey Geurkink.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Olive Geurkink; one brother, Nathan Geurkink; and one sister, Shirley Geurkink Hann.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Library or the Assumption Catholic Church Building Fund.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.