Originally published February 11, 2018 at 06:01a.m.

Updated February 12, 2018 at 06:50a.m.

Gerard Michael Hunkins, 72, resident of Paulden, Arizona, after a courageous battle with cancer, passed away at his home on Jan. 22, 2018. Gerard was born in USNH Chelsea, Massachusetts, raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), and after his enlistment he worked at MCAS El Toro until his retirement in 1996.

Gerard was one of seven children born to the late Francis and Catherine Hunkins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Bradley, Frank, Tony and Jim; and sister, Marie.

Gerard was the beloved husband of Linda for over 37 years and will forever be lovingly remembered by his children, Richard, Brian, and Michael; treasured grandchildren, Brandie, Samantha, Natalie, Emily, John, Noah and Liliana; caring in-laws, Serena, Kelly and Karen; along with countless other friends and family, whom were blessed to know him.

Gerard loved listening to classical music, talking, laughing, being with his family and having fun with friends. He touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at 441 W. Perkinsville Road, Chino Valley, Arizona.

All arrangements entrusted to Affordable Burial & Cremation, LLC of Chino Valley, Arizona.

Information provided by survivors.