Robert A. Kunkel, age 64, of Sleepy Eye, died on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
Robert A. Kunkel, age 64, of Sleepy Eye, died on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. and will continue on Monday from 7:30 until 10 a.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. Service will be held at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye, with full military honors by the Comfrey American Legion. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer memorial donations be made to the Fischer House, DAV or St. Mary’s Church Elevator Fund.
Robert "Bob" Kunkel was born February 25, 1949 in Mountain Lake, to August and Darlene (Johnson) Kunkel. He attended school in Mountain Lake. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in February of 1968 where he served his country in Vietnam until September 1969. Bob was united in marriage to Judy Mathiowetz on July 4, 1968. Together they farmed near Butterfield, Mountain Lake, Darfur and Comfrey. In 1994 he could no longer actively farm but he always remained a farmer at heart. Bob loved spending time with his family, especially his 11 grandchildren and friends telling stories and playing Yahtzee with Judy every morning.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Judy of Sleepy Eye; children, Darren (Amy) of Comfrey, Tonya (Lance) Wendinger, and Brandon (Jenny) all of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren, Matt, Tyler, Bailey, Ashley, Colton, Nathen, Harley, Allison, Devin, Isabelle and Ava; mother, Darlene; siblings, LaVonne VanZee, Russ (Nance) Kunkel, Sharon (Craig) Lipinski, Bekki Kunkel, and Ron Kunkel; best friends, Loren (Gail) Klassen, Randy Harmes, and Steve Cook; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, August;11 14 min_151 and brothers, Ricky, Allan and Randy.