Carl R. Kunkel, 54, of Remsen, died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at his home in Remsen following a lengthy illness.
Carl R. Kunkel was born Nov. 16, 1950, at Le Mars, the son of Richard and Dorothy (Wolf) Kunkel. Carl was raised in the Remsen area and received his education at St. Mary's Catholic School from which he graduated in 1969. He then attended United Electronics Institute in Des Moines, graduating in May 1971. He was then employed at Zenith in Sioux City for a short time. On Oct. 7, 1972, he married Mary Brink at Bancroft. They made their home in Remsen. He was employed at Rich's T.V. and Appliance in Remsen and in 1974 purchased the business and renamed it Carl's T.V. and Appliance which he operated until 2002. He then was then employed at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen as a maintenance personal and continued to do some T.V. repair part time until May 2005 when he quit due to health reasons.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where he was a eucharistic minister, and the Knights of Columbus. He took great pride in his faith. His first love was his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing and restoring and showing his 1969 GTO car.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of Remsen; two daughters, Holly and her husband, Jon Pottebaum of Shakopee, Minn., Jennifer Kunkel and her fiancÚ, Chris Russo, both of Granite Bay, Calif.; five grandchildren, Bailey Kunkel Phillips, Breanna, Caden and Brycen Pottebaum, Madelyn Russo; his mother, Dorothy Kunkel of Remsen; one brother, Dan and his wife, Rosie of Remsen; and one sister, Lynn and her husband, Larry Bohnenkamp of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Bill.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen.
Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. today (Monday), at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m., a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a rosary at 8 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be Brian and Lisa Kunkel, Nick and La Tonya Bohnenkamp, Amanda Hull, Sara Angus. Knights of Columbus honorary bearers will be Steve Bunkers, Don Delperdang, Greg Gentz, Chuck Herman, Gary Holzman, Jeff Pottebaum.