John Walter “Walt” Kunkel

John Walter Kunkel, known to friends as “Walt,” passed away on September 7, 2018, at the age of 96 years.

Born and raised in West Laramie the son of Roy Edward Kunkel and Lela Pearl (Crawford) Kunkel, he was a lifelong resident of Laramie.

Mr. Kunkel served in the United States Army, as a part of the 115th Mechanized Calvary during WWII. He was a part of the military campaigns in New Guinea, Sothern Philippines and Luzon.     

After serving in the military and being native of Laramie, Walt worked for 25 years as an auto parts salesman at Laramie Auto Parts. Later He worked 10 years at Wyoming Technical Institute as an Auto Parts Instructor.

One of his joy’s in life was spending years building a beautiful “Swiss Chalet” cabin with his wife and children in the Fox Park Area and enjoyed many wonderful seasons there.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Edna (Peterson), brothers Harold kunkel, Gerald Kunkel and sisters, Ethelene Peterson and Betty Albert.

He is survived by his children Gary Kunkel and Sylvia (Grossi) and 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Walt will forever be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.

Graveside service to be held Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 1:00pm

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Condolences (7)

  • Fred Cruickshank

    I worked with Walt out at WyoTech. Whenever I needed something hard to find I would always go yo him and Walt always seem to know someplace or someone who could help us. I respected Walt, he was a very caring person that helped me alot.

  • Anonymous

    though we know heaven has welcomed a very special person our hearts still feel the sorrow.My deepest sym pathy to you Sylvia and your family at this sad time.Walt was a dear friend to Phil and me. I will always remember him fondly. Dorothea Frank

  • Lydia and Connie Kercher

    May you find comfort and peace from Our Lord. He has blessed you with a loving father. You will remember so many happy days spent with him. We remember Walt when we first came to Laramie in 1954. He was very active at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church. He and Gerald were very handsome men. At that time the Church had a "dart" team, and they played various other congregations. Both were members of that, and they also had a bowling team that both men were members of. That team won trophies. We enjoyed the friendship of your families for many years. Blessings to you. Lydia and Connie Kercher

  • Anonymous

    though we know heaven has welcomed a very special person our hearts still feel the sorrow. My deepest sympathy to you Sylvia and your family at this sad time. Walt was such a dear friend to Phil and me I will always remember him fondly.

  • Dick and Diane Trotter

    We are sorry to hear of Walt’s passing. Dick thoroughly enjoyed working with Walt T at Wyo Tech. He had a great sense of humor which came through each day.

  • Dick and Diane Trotter

    Sorry to hear of Walt’s passing. Dick thoroughly enjoyed working with Walt at Wyo Tech. He had a great sense of humor which came through every day. Dick and Diane Trotter

  • Debbie Pickett

    Sylvia and family, I was very sorry to hear your dad had passed. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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