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Rev. Dr. M.A. "Bill" Kunkle Jr.
Rev. Dr. M.A. MasonryRev. Dr. M.A. "Bill" Kunkle Jr., 82 of Richwood, died Saturday morning, March 14, 2015 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital.

He was born January 24, 1933 in Cleveland to the late Mervin Aaron Sr. and Mary Theresa (Guerriero) Kunkle.

On July 14, 1950 he married the former Esther C. Arvidson in Cleveland and she survives in Richwood.

He was a retired minister of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He had been Pastor at Prospect Street United Methodist Church in Marion, and Pharisburg and Magnetic Springs United Methodist Churches, retiring in 1994 due to health reasons.  Bill graduated from Mount Union College in Alliance and then from Garret Theological Seminary in Chicago with a Divinity degree and a Masters in Theology.  He attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus with a Doctorate Degree in Pastoral Psychotherapy.

Bill was a life member of the NRA.  He was a Past Master of Hamer Lodge 228 in Owensville and Past Master of Mt. Carmel Lodge 303 in Richwood.

Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Sue (Charles) Ross, Selinsgrove, PA; two sons, James William (Krista) Kunkle, Sugar Hill, GA; Michael Aaron (Erica) Kunkle, Navarre, FL; eight grandchildren, Nicole Renee (Craig) Brocato; Ryan Michael (Jenn) Whyms; Jamie Christine Kunkle; Molly Lilias Grace Kunkle; Esther Marie Kunkle; Deborah Marie Fidler; Jesse Morgan Bucher; Evan Matthew (Hailie) Bucher; Michael Aaron Kunkle Jr.; a sister-in-law, Karen (Don) Chilcote, South Euclid, and nieces, Christine Bevilacqua, Michele Wilk and Suzanne Chilcote.

Private family services will be Monday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130, C/O Karen Chilcote, 1062 Argonne Road, South Euclid, OH  44121

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#1 from: Ken and Bonnie Bonnell
Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Dear Esther and Family,
Sorry to hear about your loss.
Our prayers are with you.

Ken and Bonnie Bonnell

#2 from: Christie. Hunter
Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 8:06 PM

Ester,Just wanted to send my deepest prayers for you & your family. I loved to sitvat the doughnut shop and listen to Bill talk. He will be missed. Hugs & Prayers,

#3 from: Karen Ewing
Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 8:17 PM

Esther, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending my love.

#4 from: Bill and Norma Stump
Marion, OHio
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 9:21 AM

Esther, You are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

#5 from: Hamer Lodge #228
Owensville, Ohio
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:06 AM

WB Kunkle has been fondly remembered at Hamer Lodge thru the years and we are sorry for your loss. God Bless you all.

Brothers of Hamer Masonic Lodge #228

#6 from: David and Nancy Wiley
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:16 AM

We were so sorry to hear of your husbands passing.  May God give you strength at this difficult time.  Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

#7 from: Marilyn Coleman
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 11:59 AM

I will miss Bill.  I met him through John Lewis.  He was a very interesting man.  He gave me insight into the FDA investigations in 2001.

I enjoyed his roses and his humor.

He was a good man. I look forward to meeting him again.

#8 from: Suzanne Patterson
Richwood, Ohio
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 1:07 PM

I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Loving thoughts and prayers to you Esther and your family.

#9 from: Pat & Larry Krebehenne
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 8:24 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss.  Our love and prayers are with you.

#10 from: Bob and Sara Richards
Columbus, Ohio
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 8:18 AM

Bill and Esther were wonderful companions on our tour of the Mexican Mayan temple ruins in 2003.  We will always remember Bill's hearty laugh and good nature. We hope Esther will be comforted to know that they made good friends with whomever they encountered.  Our sincere condolences to Esther.  -Bob and Sara

#11 from: Ernest Haggard
United States
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 5:39 AM

To Bill, I know it was God's plan that I would meet you on this journey.  You showed me that my own relationship with God was leading me on a perfect path.  You changed my life.  To Esther, thank you for all the times you hosted me while Bill guided me a little further along over the years.  I am grateful for the studies he showed me of Father John Powell helping me to come out of a shell of protection that kept me from the world.  I am honored that Worshipful Brother Bill Kunkle raised me as a Master Mason in Hamer Lodge #228.  I love you, Esther.

#12 from: Jacqueline
Schenectady, NY
Wed, May 27, 2015 at 6:58 PM

"God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." (Psalms 46:1) My condolences to the family on the lost of your loved one. And may the Almighty God continue with you to comfort and strengthen you through this difficult time.

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