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WILLIAM ALBERT KUNKEL III DDS, 89, of Fort Wayne and Delray Beach, Fla., died on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Delray Beach, Fla. Born May 7, 1925, in Bluffton, he attended Culver Military Academy and graduated from Bluffton High School. He continued his education at Indiana University where he played Varsity baseball and was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Upon graduation, he was admitted to the IU School of Dentistry. As a Varsity athlete, he earned his letter for baseball and subsequently was a recipient of the coveted 50 year I- Man Award. In addition, as a life long sports enthusiast and IU supporter, he established The Kunkel Family Endowment Scholarship for IU football and was a member of the Wells Society. Bill served in the Army during the Korean War stationed in Germany. Locally, he was an active member for 65 years at Plymouth Congregational Church; Shriners, and served on the Board of the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana for over 50 years along with numerous charitable causes. In 2010, he was the recipient of the William A. Kunkel III Champion of Hope Award. Having an unbridled love of family fun and friends, Bill and his beloved Pat were active members of the Fort Wayne Country Club, Sycamore Country Club, Delray Dunes, Ocean Club of Florida, St. Andrews Golf and Delray Beach Club. He is survived by his sons, William A. (Cynthia) Kunkel IV of New Canaan, Conn. and Dr. Sanford S. (Kathleen) Kunkel of Carmel; grandchildren, Sanford S. Kunkel Jr. of New York City, Kelly Kunkel Whalen (Nathan) of Carmel Ind., William A. Kunkel V of Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Ryan Kunkel of Albuquerque, N.M., Grant Kunkel of New York City, and Dr. Patrick Kunkel of Indianapolis; great-grandchildren, Mckayla and Lincoln Whalen. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, with calling one hour prior. The Rev. John P. Gardner officiating. Viewing also from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana ( in the name of Dr. William A. Kunkel III. To sign the online guestbook, visit

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D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Covington Knolls
8325 Covington Road Ft. Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 426-9494
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 21, 2014
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