William H. Kunkle, Jr., 97

September 09, 2021

William H. Kunkle, Jr, age 97 of Lancaster, died September 9, 2021 at home. Born on October 4, 1923, In Refton, PA. He was the son of the late William H. Kunkle, Sr & Clara Bell (Lefever) Kunkle. He was married to his lovely wife, the late Helen Snader Kunkle for over 70 years.

Bill graduated from Quarryville High School, class of 1940, Playing basketball and baseball for Quarryville High. He also was a member of this high school drama club.

He served in the Pacific Theater with the United States Army, serving in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan during World War II. Serving with the Barrage Balloon Battalion in 1943, with the 570TH AAA and from 1944 to 1946, he served with the Eighth Army “Amphibious 8th Replacement Battery Unit”. Bill was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Bill was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lancaster, AmVets Post 0019, Lancaster, the 8th Ward Club, Lancaster, VFW and American Legion Post 34.

Bill retired from the construction field, working at D.S. Warfel Construction, Standard Acoustical, retiring from the union and from Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster.

In 1979 Bill received the Father and Son Award presented by the St. Joe Old Timers Club at their
39th Annual Old Timers Father and Son Banquet at St. Joe Hall, Lancaster, together with his sons, Bill, John, Steve & Jeff, in attendance.

Dad will be missed by his entire family, Pap to his grandchildren and great grandchildren and buddy Brady and little girl Oreo.
Surviving are sons: William H. III (Susan), Lititz, John H. (Cathie), Mechanicsburg, Stephen M (Dianne), Alpharetta, Georgia, Jeffrey A (Betsie), Lititz, and one daughter Patricia A. (Mike) Stephens, Lancaster. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, a step-grandson, and seven step-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Verna Ulmer, Lancaster, Vivian Harrison, Colonial Heights, Virginia, Anna L. Graeff, Refton and one grandson Colin Kunkle of Lancaster.

The family would like to thank both Hospice and Community Care and the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home for the care given to our Father.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday September 22, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 St. Joseph Street, Lancaster. Friends may pay their respects to the family with a viewing from 9:45-10:45, the Recital of the Rosary at 10:45-11:00, with the Mass to follow at 11AM. Those not able to attend may view the Mass at 11AM via livestreaming at Interment will be held at the Conestoga Memorial Park, 95 2nd Lock Road, Lancaster, PA immediately following the service. Those desiring may send contributions to the Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 in lieu of flowers.

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September 23, 2021

Eternal rest, grant unto William, your faithful servant, Oh Lord.   i am so sorry for your loss and am sorry I was not able to attend his service.  “Mr. Kunkle”, as he will always be to me, was a great man, father and humble servant of our Lord. May he Rest eternal in the living light and love of Lord. 
Tom McCarty

September 22, 2021

I’m so sorry I couldn’t attend the service today.  My sincere condolences go out to your family.Miriam Graeff 

September 22, 2021

Johnny, Sorry I could not make it today. I never met your Dad but reading the obit, he sounds like he was a wonderful man. Will remember him and your family in my daily prayers. 
Best regards,

September 21, 2021

To Uncle Bill’s family and my cousins, he was the best man in the world. He was always so sweet and we loved him very much. Our prayers are with you and he will be missed. Love, Janie and Butch Gingrich

September 21, 2021

So sorry to hear about Uncle Bill.  He was such a great man that we all loved dearly, especially my mom, Vivian.  She was very proud of her brother.  I pray for your comfort and peace during this difficult time.  Love to you all
Kay Principe

September 21, 2021

To Bills Sons, Daughter, & Grandchildren,
   Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you. I knew Bill for a long time as I am also  from Refton. I will fondly remember Bill stopping by the Fire Hall for our chicken and waffle dinners. The kindest man, he will be missed!. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Dorothy (Eidemiller) Evans
Millsboro Delaware

September 21, 2021

I was saddened to hear that Bill Kunkle passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
With Sympathy,
Don Bowers

September 20, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.I was honored to know  uncle bill and have many fond memories of him. Don Graff and family.

September 20, 2021

Bill, I’m sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I remember both of your parents from cub scouts and St. Joe, they were always very nice to me.    Sincerely,  Steve Swartz   

September 19, 2021

Bill so sorry to hear of your dads loss. I wish you and your family comfort.  anne gochenauer

September 19, 2021

     Very sorry to hear of your Father’s passing.  He raised a wonderful family.  I lost my Mom a fews years ago so I know of your sadness but remember to live in ones heart is never to die.
                                                                                   Joe Segro (from the Post Office)

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