Jack Kunkel

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Jack Kunkel, 77, passed away peacefully at Legacy House Hospice in Ocala.
Born in Chicago, Ill., to John H. Kunkel and Helen J. Kunkel, he is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Gail Hammond Kunkel; stepson, Robert Mooney (Renee) Mckinney, of Texas; brother, Bob Kunkel (Kit), of Fontona, Wis.; grandson, Ryan Mooney; granddaughter, Chelsey Thorpe; three awesome great-grandchildren, Jake, Jack and Jojo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jack attended schools in Des Plaines and Park Ridge, Ill. He served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage and Kodiac Island, Alaska. During the late 1960s through the early 1980s, jack worked with Air Force officers and personnel at the Air Force satellite control facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., as a GE command and control specialist for several classified Air Force satellite programs.
In the mid 1980s, Jack transferred to the GE satellite systems division in Valley Forge, Pa., as a systems analyst, still working on classified systems. GE later sold that division to Lockheed Martin and jack continued as a systems analyst with Lockheed until his retirement in 2000.
Jack officiated in the international softball association in tournaments across the U.S., including fast-pitch national championship and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif. He was president of the SCUBOA Association from 1976 to 1977. Jack was also an experienced official in high school and college football and basketball for more than 20 years.
Working with the San Jose, Calif., Pal Program was especially rewarding.
To jack, from his family and friends:
"We are but a total of many folks we have met, You are a love we would prefer never to forget."
Online expressions of sympathy can be left at robertsofdunnellon.com Arrangements are under the care of Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon
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Published in Riverland News on Nov. 23, 2017