Urban Kunkel, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in the peace of his home. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Fr. Jim Miller officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 14, 2012, with a 7 p.m. vigil service at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be directed in Urban's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation or St. Mary's Catholic Church. For condolences, please visit www.mitchellfh.com. The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Urban and his family.
Born on Nov. 6, 1923, in Haverhill, he was the son of John and Bertha (Freese) Kunkel. He received his education in the St. Joseph Parochial School in Haverhill. Soon, he began helping his father on the farm while his brothers went to serve in World War II.
On Oct. 30, 1944, he was united in marriage to Colleen Reese at St. Mary's Catholic Church. They made their home in Marshalltown all of their married lives where he was employed with Lennox for 43 years of faithful service as well as working at the Marshall Vinegar Works, tending bar and installing furnaces on weekends.
Mr. Kunkel was a faithful member of St. Mary's parish, the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Forester's and enjoyed music, bowling, hunting, camping, fishing, ballgames of all types, helping family members farm, Vegas trips and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals!
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Janice (Toby) Godfrey, Larry (Mindy) Kunkel and Brian (Jody) Kunkel, all of Marshalltown; 13 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, his sisters: Rosella (Bob) Hartwig, of Marshalltown, Esther (Jim) Nusbaum, of Marshalltown and Marilyn (Al) Spafford, of Marshalltown; sisters-in-law: Carmen Kunkel, of Marshalltown, Mary Kunkel, of Davenport, Judy Kunkel, of Haverhill, and Delores Kunkel, of Davenport; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In death, Urban rejoined his beloved Colleen, his parents, brothers: Cy, Wilbur "Bill", Ed, Elmer and his son, David, who died in infancy.