Thursday, September 16, 2010

Charles William "Bill" Kunkler, 85, of Shell Knob, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, in his home.

He was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Charles William and Georgia (Evans) Duffey. On Aug. 2, 1947, in Hays, Kan., he was united in marriage to Joan "JoKay" Katherine Dowling, who survives.

Additional survivors include: one son, Robert William Kunkler, of Columbia; one daughter, Kathleen Marie Kunkler, of Prairie Village, Kan.; three brothers, J.D. Duffey, of California, Robert Duffey, of Utah, and Richard Duffey, of Arizona; one sister, Mary Adele Schmidt, of Topeka, Kan.; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

He grew up and received his education in Topeka, Kan. During World War II, he entered the United States Navy, serving from May 26, 1943, until March 3, 1946, as a Chief Boatswain's Mate for Admiral C.W. Nimitz on a five star barge. For 38 years, he was employed by Southwestern Bell, starting as unlocated lineman in western Kansas, retiring as executive in 1984. After his retirement, he and JoKay moved to Shell Knob to make their home. He was a Master Mason, a member of Shell Knob Shrine Club and was very passionate about working with the Shriners Buddy Bass Tournament for Crippled Children. He was also a member of VFW Post 2203, High 12 and American Legion.

He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shell Knob, where memorial services were held Saturday, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Rev. Chris Williams conducted the services.

Contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church Friends Committee in his memory.

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