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Gerald Kunkel

Gerald Kunkel

September 29, 1934 August 29, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Gerald L. Kunkel

Gerald L. "Gerry" "Pop Pop" Kunkel, 85, of Hyde Park, passed peacefully on Saturday, August 29th in the Reading Hospital with his family by his side. After a short battle with Acute Leukemia, the Lord called him home.

Born on September 29, 1934 in Reading and raised in Berkshire Heights, the only child of the late Lawrence and Bessie (Derr) Kunkel. He was a 1952 graduate of Wilson High School.

Gerry proudly served his country in the US Army stationed in France. Later he served in the Army Reserve before being Honorably Discharged.

Gerry was married to Helen H. (Hixenheiser) Kunkel for 49 years before her passing on April 3, 2010.

Gerry worked for the Polymer Plastics Corporation as a supervisor in the Blending Room for 37 years before retirement in 1998. He was a member of Kissinger's Church in Wyomissing.

When he was younger, he pitched fast pitch softball. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. Later in life, he enjoyed auctions, flea markets, sitting with friends at the farmer's market, attending church/senior events and watching sporting events. He especially liked watching woman's fast pitch softball and football. Gerry cherished spending time with family and playing games.

Gerry is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Kunkel (Lori), Sinking Spring, Terry Kunkel (Cheri), Hamburg, and Jerry Kunkel (Sue), Exeter Twp.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Jeffrey, Douglas, Kristopher, Seth (Samantha Blincoe) Hannah, Holly (Greg Hood) and Becky (Kristian Olsen); six great grandchildren: Lizzy, Margo, Nina, Rylan, Declan and Kaydence and Gerry's girlfriend, Becky Singh.

Funeral Services will be at 11:30am on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, 739 Penn Ave., West Reading, PA 19611. A visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday from 10:30 to 11:30am. Gerry will be laid to rest beside his sweetheart, Helen in Laureldale Cemetery, Reading where military honors will be accorded.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the entire staff of the McGlinn Infusion Center and N3 South of the Reading Hospital for their compassion, comfort and care to Gerry during his treatments and stays at the hospital.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231 and at www.heart.org or to Kissinger's Church, 715 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, PA 19610.

Fond memories, tributes and condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    September 4, 2020 | 10:30am - 11:30am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    September 4, 2020
    10:30am - 11:30am
  • Funeral Service

    September 4, 2020 | 11:30am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    September 4, 2020
    11:30am
    Officiant
    Pastor David Reinwald
  • Interment

    September 4, 2020 |
    Laureldale Cemetery
    4631 Pottsville Pike
    Reading, Pennsylvania
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    September 4, 2020
    Full Military Honors

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Chet Ruminski

Dear Kunkel Family,
It was an honor to sound Taps at yesterday’s service. Thank you Mr. Kunkel for your service to our country!
With deepest sympathy,
Chet Ruminski
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In loving memory of a wonderful man. Thoughts & Prayers. Donna and Doug Pruitt Mary and John Music
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Dave Conley

Most sincere condolences to the family.
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John Lucarelli

Jeff, Terry, Jerry, and families-

Our hearts are saddened to hear of the loss of your father. The neighborhood will not be the same for us without his gentle presence. His warm and friendly smile; casual conversations will always be remembered in our hearts.

Never lose hope even if the pain is indescribable. Never lose your faith that everything happens for a reason. Never stop believing that the reason will be revealed to you at the right time. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and we share your pain for losing someone so loved and treasured. Please let us know how we can be of help to you during this dark and difficult time.

Sincerely,
John & Tracy Lucarelli
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In loving memory of our Pop Pop - Seth, Samantha, Hannah, & Kristopher
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