Richard Kunkle

Richard Kunkle

Richard F. Kunkle, 93, died April 28, 2009 in Wallowa Memorial Hospital.

Kunkle was born June 8, 1915 in Beloit, Kansas. He then moved to Oregon with his family, where he grew up in the Eugene area.

He married Betty Hayden in 1936. At that time he was working as a projectionist and she was an usher in the theater. They then moved to Cornelius and during the war years both worked in the shipyards in Portland.

After working in the shipyards, Richard worked for Gloyd Hall in Cornelius, running the service station and the wrecking service. He worked for Haney Truck line in 1951 and retired in 1976.

The couple moved to La Pine after Richard's retirement and he was a charter member of the La Pine Moose Lodge, going through several "chairs" until he became Governor of the lodge.

In 2004 Richard moved to Enterprise to be close to family.

During his lifetime, he enjoyed the outdoors, such as hunting and fishing, and was an avid baseball fan. He also enjoyed bowling and was a team member in the Lapine Bowling Lanes. In his later years he enjoyed gardening and yard work.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Betty; son, Douglas (Connie) Kunkle; four grandsons, Craig, Kenneth, Charles and Curtis; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are at St. Katherine's Catholic Church in Enterprise, May 9 at 10 a.m. Interment at Fir Lawn Cemetery in Hillsboro.

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