Death of a Classmate - Carl Drenkard - 2nd Co.

Carl Curtis Drenkard, 84, passed away on Jan. 20, 2016. He was born in Teaneck, NJ to the late Adam and Gertrude Drenkard.

Carl enrolled in Lehigh University following high school before his appointment to the US Naval Academy. He served on the battleship USS Wisconsin, cruiser USS Salem and the destroyer USS Gainard. He was a company officer at OCS in Rhode Island before enrolling in the US Naval Post Graduate School where he became an EDO. Carl spent the next 19 years in ship engineering working mostly on NTDS and computer based combat systems. He was the Assistant LHA Ship Project Manager, Head of Electronic Ship Design, NTDS Project Manager and Surface Effects Project Manager. Carl proudly served in the US Navy for 30 years. Following his service, he worked for Booze Allen for 9 years, after which he retired and built a home in Virginia Beach.

Carl loved traveling, fishing, and competitive shooting. He coached the ACORNS Jr Rifle Team producing 16 Jr. National Championship teams along with Maccabean Games Medalist. He traveled North America, with his wife for over 26 years in their motor homes. Carl was passionate about following his children's and grandchildren's lives. He enjoyed watching them compete in their sports, teaching them about fishing and boating at Kerr Reservoir and in the Florida Keys.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of over 57 years, Bobbie Drenkard; daughter, Nancy Murphy and husband Nelson; son, Steven Drenkard and wife Carolyn; grandchildren, Steven Murphy, Stacy Midgette, Emily Murphy, Trent Drenkard, and Peyton Drenkard; along with extended family and friends.

Services will be private. As his final gift, Carl donated his body to medical science in hopes to help find a cure for Parkinson's. Donations in his memory can be made to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory
8464 Tidewater Drive
Norfolk, VA 23518
(757) 583-0177

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