Richard A. Kunkel, 82
March 5, 1935 — Nov. 6, 2017
Richard A. Kunkel, 82, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in his chair “at home away from home” from lung cancer. He was born March 5, 1935, in Milwaukee to Herbert and Carla (nee Schoenecker) Kunkel. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1955-58 and there he met Susan (nee Navarro) Kunkel, and they married July 4, 1960. They lived and raised their family in West Bend. Richard enjoyed working at Serigraph sales in West Bend, for more than 26 years, until his retirement in 1996. He had a great love for cars, especially his 2016 purple Dodge Challenger. Richard enjoyed the last six years with his fiancée, Loretta Reynold, in Antigo.
Richard is survived by his children, Richard (Brenda), Karen (Lance) Nighbor and Ray (Carrie) Kunkel; grandchildren, Krystal and Keith Scannell, Brenda Kunkel, and Tony and Eric Kunkel; and his fiancée, Loretta Reynolds. He is further survived by other relatives and friends. Richard is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Susan, and his parents.
A graveside service will be at noon Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Washington County Memorial Park with Military Honors to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (8915 W. Connell Court, Milwaukee, WI 53226) and the American Lung Association of Wisconsin (13100 W. Lisbon Road, Suite 700 Brookfield, WI 53005-2508).
A special thank you to Dr. George Mosley, the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, LeRoy Hospice and especially Loretta for all loving care provided.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.