Richard M. Kunkel, 91

SEPT. 6, 1921-FEB. 21, 2013

February 23, 2013
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Richard Marion Kunkel, 91, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown.

Born Sept. 6, 1921, in Shamokin, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles Kunkel and Gertrude (Green) Kunkel.

He attended Saint Stanislas Parochial School and graduated from Coal Township High School.

After moving to Baltimore in 1941, he went to work for Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company.

He served his country during World War II for 27 months in the Air Force, returning to Martin's after the war. Because of significant down-sizing in 1967, Mr. Kunkel accepted a position at Fairchild Aircraft and moved to Hagerstown. He retired in 1984.

While working at Martin Company, he met and married the late Bertha Roberg. They had five children, Paula (Kunkel) Jilanis of Cumberland, Md., Gerard Kunkel of Darnestown, Md., R. David Kunkel of Hagerstown, Alan Kunkel of Catonsville, Md., and Marcia (Kunkel) Degen of Roanoke, Va. He also is survived by five grandchildren, Sean Murray, Rebecca Murray, Erin Kunkel, Richard David Kunkel II, and Katherine E. Degen; and five great-grandchildren. As the next to the youngest of 10 children, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Alma Kunkel Pesansky, Ethel Kunkel Simmett, Violet Kunkel, Florence Kunkel O'Hare and Mary Kunkel Kenetski; and brothers, Carl Kunkel, Joseph Kunkel and Clement Kunkel. He is survived by one brother, Eugene Kunkel.

Mr. Kunkel joined the Knight's of Columbus in 1952 and served as the Grand Knight in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Council in Middle River, Grand Knight in Pangborn Council in Hagerstown, and Master of the 4th Degree for the State of Maryland.

In 1986, he began studying for the deaconate and was ordained March 21, 1992. He was assigned to St. Ann Parish in Hagerstown and served there until his retirement.

Richard will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends for his faith, his loving kindness and great generosity of spirit.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, MD.

Family will receive friends at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Interment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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