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Raymond Kunkel


1926 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Raymond Kunkel Obituary
Raymond Kunkel, a retired physician, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014, after a several-year battle with vascular dementia. Service: His family will greet friends Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m., when a eulogy will be given in the Drawing Room of Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Memorials: Gifts in his memory may be given to the Humane Society of North Texas, 1840 Calhoun St., Fort Worth, Texas 76103; or a . Ray was born Aug. 13, 1926, in Oak Park, Ill. He and his brother, Robert, were raised by a single mother in Chicago during the Depression. After graduating from St. Mel's School in 1943, he entered Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He became a radio operator for the Navy during the final years of World War II. After the war ended, Ray enrolled at St. Mary's College in Winona, Minn. Graduating in 1949, he then attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Ellyn Crahan, at Cook County Hospital. Upon completing medical school, Ray moved to Denver, Colo., for additional training at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver. He and Ellyn married in 1954 and they moved to Thermopolis, Wyo., where Ray began his practice in family medicine. His four children were born in Thermopolis and he enjoyed taking them camping and boating. Ray learned to fly during this time and would transport patients who required more advanced care to specialty facilities hundreds of miles away in Denver and Cheyenne. Working closely with a general surgeon for 14 years, Ray gained exposure to anesthesia techniques. This prompted him to change medical fields and he completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1970. Ray and his family moved in 1970 to Fort Worth, where he practiced anesthesia until 1991. Primarily based at All Saints Episcopal Hospital, Ray also served on the staffs of Huguley Hospital and other facilities. Ray was president of the medical staff at All Saints Hospital 1981-1983 and was a member of numerous committees. After retiring from his anesthesiology practice in 1991, Ray became active in hospice care, serving as a physician for Vitas Hospice for 14 years. Ray was a member of the American College of Anesthesiology, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Texas Medical Association and the Tarrant County Medical Society. He was also a member of Colonial Country Club and had a regular Saturday morning breakfast and golf group. As members of the Petroleum Club, Ray and Ellyn spent many evenings dining and dancing with friends. Always having a smile, Ray was known for his sense of humor and friendship. His love of travel took him to 58 countries and even the North Pole. He was actively involved with his children and grandchildren and was a beloved role model for all. Survivors: His wife of 59 years, Ellyn; children, Karen Zoghby and husband, Dan, Kevin Kunkel and wife, Anita, Kelly Kunkel and wife, Kirstin, and Karla Siemens and husband, Spencer; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Published in Star-Telegram on May 28, 2014
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