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Julius "Sunny" Peter-Herman Breckling, 83, of Hot Springs passed away Monday, Oct. 22. He was born March 7, 1929 to the late Martha Weigle Breckling and Julius Breckling Sr. in Hot Springs.
Julius graduated from Lakeside High School and Oklahoma State University in 1951. He was the parks and recreation director in Little Rock. When he retired, the city dedicated River Front Park to him in honor of the work he did for the parks and zoo.
After this he completed his dream to finish â€śTwo Rivers Park Bridgeâ€ť on July 8, 2011. At the time of his death, he was continuing to develop Lotus Valley in Hot Springs, which he founded. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, a member of Garvan Woodland Gardens, a member of the board of directors of the Hot Springs Housing Authority and a member of Fifty for the Future.
He was preceded by his parents, Julius and Martha Breckling; his first wife, Mary Breckling; one daughter, Nancy Green; one stepson, Jimmy Greene and one step-grandson, Jackson Greene.
Survivors include his wife, Uva Breckling; two brothers, John Breckling and wife Faye and Emil Breckling; one daughter, Martha Kay Parker and husband Sam; two sons, Steve Breckling and husband Alice and James Breckling and wife Renee; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Breckling; two stepdaughters, Karen Greene and Cindy Mullett and husband Jim; one stepson, Marcus Greene and wife Shelly; 11 grandchildren, Leslie Parker, Julia Thurber, Todd Parker, Christopher Marlar, Samantha Patrick, Amanda Breckling, Stephanie Breckling, Thomas Breckling, Jeremy Breckling, Logan Breckling and Kaylee Breckling; 10 step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jon Beyer officiating. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimerâ€™s research or to the First Lutheran Church Building Fund.
Online condolences: www.hotspringsfh.com.