Kenneth Tunnell(1929 - 2013)

Kenneth Tunnell passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the age of 83. He slipped away quietly with his loving wife, Linda, and daughters, Gidi and Laura, at his side. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at First United Methodist Church, Leonard Memorial Chapel, 800 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. A reception will immediately follow in Wesley Hall. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ken's name to the National Parkinson's Foundation, The Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Research Foundation, the Parkinson's Support Group of Tarrant, or to the . Kenneth was born May 31, 1929, in Quitaque to Ernest and Maizine Tunnell. As a young boy, he and his brothers roamed the Cap Rock country, getting into the typical "boy" trouble. Ken attended school in Quitaque, Plainview, and graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute. Baylor University is where Ken majored in physics and minored in math. He was in ROTC both at New Mexico Military Institute and Baylor. Ken joined the Air Force with the intent of becoming a pilot, but because of his degree in physics he was assigned as a physicist at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, N.M., to work on top secret nuclear projects. Ken worked for several life insurance companies as an actuary prior to joining Schmidt, Mitchell, LLC as a partner. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and Inquirer Sunday School Class. Kenneth was an avid bridge player and was a member of ACBL. He was also an avid reader until Parkinson's ended both of those activities. He also enjoyed poker, craps and deep-sea fishing. He belonged to several investment clubs, serving as treasurer. He also served as treasurer of the Inquirers Sunday School Class. He also was very involved with civic activities, particularly the Jaycees. Ken looked forward to having his children and grandchildren come to visit him. He loved football, golf, watching the Texas Rangers and any sport the Baylor Bears were playing. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Maizine Tunnell; and a brother, Ernest Benton Tunnell Jr. Survivors: He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Tunnell; loving brother, Graddy Tunnell and wife, Sherry, of Plainview; daughter, Laura Glass of Antioch, Calif.; daughter, Ruth Tunnell of Dallas; son, Christopher Tunnell and his wife, Susan, of Wyndmoor, Pa.; daughter, Gidi Schoggins and her husband, Ricky, of Magnolia; stepdaughter, Kristina Higgins and her husband, Brian, of Frisco; and loving kitty, Sundae. Ken is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, John Glass of Farmington, N.M., Kierstynn and Kaylie Schoggins of Magnolia, and Mary Kate and Andy Higgins of Frisco. Kenneth is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Published in Star-Telegram on May 19, 2013