HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Richard Marion Kunkel, 91, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Meritus Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.
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He was born in Shamokin, Sept. 6, 1921, a son of the late Charles Kunkel and Gertrude (Green) Kunkel.
He attended Saint Stanislas Parochial School and graduated from Coal Township High School.
He served his country during World War II for 27 months in the U.S. Air Force, returning to Glen L. Martin Aircraft Company after the war.
Richard met and married his wife, Bertha Roberg, while working at Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company.
After moving to Baltimore in 1941, he started working at the aircraft company. Because of significant down-sizing in 1967, he accepted a position at Fairchild Aircraft and moved to Hagerstown. He retired in 1984.
He joined the Knight's of Columbus in 1952 and served as grand knight at Our Lady of Mount 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.
Richard is survived by five children, Paula (Kunkel) Jilanis, of Cumberland, Md., Gerard Kunkel, of Darnestown, Md., R. David Kunkel, of Hagerstown, Md., Alan Kunkel, of Catonsville, Md., and Marcia (Kunkel) Degen, of Roanoke, Va.; five grandchildren, Sean Murray, Rebecca Murray, Erin Kunkel, Richard David Kunkel II and Katherine E. Degen; five great-grandchildren, and a brother, Eugene Kunkel.
As the next to the youngest of ten children, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Alma Kunkel Pesansky, Ethel Kunkel Simmett, Violet Kunkel, Florence Kunkel O'Hare and Mary Kunkel Kenetski, and three brothers, Carl Kunkel, Joseph Kunkel and Clement Kunkel.
KUNKEL — Richard Marion Kunkel, 91, of Hagerstown, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, Md. Interment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, Md. Family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, Md. Memorial donations may be made to St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 21742. Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.
Published in The News Item on Feb. 24, 2013