Henry "Hank" Kunkel


March 9, 1923 - February 26, 2015



Henry “Hank” Kunkel was born March 9, 1923 in Springlake Township in Hanson County to John and Elizabeth (Becker) Kunkel. He attended school at St. Mary’s in Epiphany.  On October 26, 1943 he married Fern Koepke.  Together they farmed on his parent’s farm until retiring in 1977, then built their new home one mile south of his birth place.  In 2008 they moved to Mitchell. He was a member of the Epiphany Catholic Church for sixty-five years and Holy Family Catholic Church. Hank enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards and visiting with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of seventy-one years, Fern, five children: Lavone Zachary of Mitchell; Richard (Carol) Kunkel of Spencer; Cheryl Loveall of Toledo OR; Gary (Julie) Kunkel of Mitchell and Dale (Gingar) Kunkel of Plankinton; twelve grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and two sisters-in-law: Ann Kunkel and Pat Koepke.

He was preceded in death by his son, Curtis Kunkel, four brothers: Ray, Sib, Leo and Mark and three sisters: Clara Kunkel, Marie Tentinger and Hilda Mutziger.




Sunday, March 1, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, March 2, 2015
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Epiphany Catholic Cemetery
Epiphany, South Dakota

Posted by Mary (Zens) Goodhope on March 1, 2015
Hank and I were class mates under Sister Bernadette
My sympathy to your family
Posted by Dennis and Mary Reifers on March 1, 2015
We loved Uncle Henry, he had a kind and gentle spirit and always had a warm smile and greeting whenever we saw him
Posted by The family of Bill Mentele on March 1, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to your family. May memories and love surround you during this time and always.
Posted by Bill and Marilyn Henson on February 28, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers, so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Jack Mullins on February 28, 2015
Sure going to miss you. What a great friend you have been to all of us Ohio hunters.
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