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Obituaries

Obituaries

Ralph E. Kunkle and Shirley K. Kunkle Lawrence

A double funeral service for Ralph E. Kunkle, 74, and Shirley K. Kunkle, 63, both of Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Kunkle died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at their home.
Mr. Kunkle was born Dec. 19, 1934, in Lawrence, the son of Dwight E. and Mildred Mohundro Kunkle. He attended schools in Lawrence and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1953. He worked at the Lawrence Energy Center, formerly Kansas Power & Light, for 35 years, retiring in 1985. He later worked in home remodeling.
He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 30 years. He enjoyed working with electronic equipment and traveling.
Mrs. Kunkle was born Oct. 18, 1945, in Bethany, Mo., the daughter of Orville and Dorothy Shaver Huff. She attended schools in Pattonsburg, Mo., and graduated from Pattonsburg High School in 1963. She later attended Northeast Kansas Vocational School in Atchison and obtained licensed practical nurse certification. She worked as an LPN in Lawrence, Eudora and Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Kunkle were married in Las Vegas.
Survivors of Mr. Kunkle include a son, Rick, Topeka; three daughters, Joan Ritchie, Fort Collins, Colo., Linda Kiernan and husband Ed, and Karen Smart and husband Dean, all of Lawrence; a brother, Dwight Ronald “Ronnie,” Las Vegas; and six grandchildren, Kyle, Tasha, William, Victoria and Shelbie Martorelli and Cody DeSpain.
Survivors of Mrs. Kunkle include two daughters, Sonia Reed, Topeka, and Stacy Carter-Harding and fiancée Luke Puccinelli, McLouth; three sons, Eric Martorelli and wife Liz, St. Joseph. Mo., Darin Carter and fiancée Natalie Savage, Osage City, and David Carter, Valley Falls; a brother, Ronald Huff and wife Brenda, Galveston, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Jason Robinson, Thomas Stanley, Harley McLaird, Leigha, Jimmy, Christen and Rachel Harding, James, Ava, Summer and Vincent Carter; and a great-grandchild, Kayden Kelley.
The family will meet friends from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the Parkinson’s Disease Association or the American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.