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Buck Kunkle
October 17, 1947 - February 21, 2017

Gaylen “Buck” Edward Kunkle, 69, of Oelwein passed away on Tuesday February 21, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday February 26, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am on Monday February 27, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Hazleton with Pastor Duane Olsen officiating, and visitation there from 10:00 to 11:00 am. A memorial fund has been established.

Buck was born October 17, 1947 in Oelwein, Iowa the son of Keith Fred and Lois Marie (Hannamann) Kunkle. He grew up in rural Hazleton,  graduating from Oelwein High School with the class of 1965.  He later received his Associates Degree as Paralegal from American Institute of Commerce of Cedar Falls in 1992. Buck farmed early in his life and later worked as an independent contractor for the Oelwein Daily Register. He was united in marriage with Deborah “Deb” Ash on August 25, 1979 at the Christ United Presbyterian Church in Oelwein.  He was a member and an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Hazleton. Throughout his life when Buck wasn’t working he enjoying baseball, softball, golf, bowling, playing cards, helping coach Kings Knights or a nice long ride in the country enjoying the scenery, but his best enjoyment was being with his friends and family. Buck touched many lives and will be missed by all who knew him, especially his loving family.

Left to celebrate Buck’s life are his wife, Deb of Oelwein; his two daughters, Jamesetta “Zetta” (Jen Ferstl) Fousek of Madison, WI and Kerrie (Lori Heitter)  Kunkle of Oelwein; two grandchildren, Grace and Eve Ferstl; a brother, Gordon (Mary Jo) Kunkle of Hazleton; two sisters, Sue Baldwin of Waterloo and Kathryn Knowles of Charlotte, NC; brother-in-law, Dick Wihlm of Marble Rock; two sisters-in-law, Cryss Hill of Coon Rapids, MN and Robbie Juchem of Oelwein; nieces and nephews, Jammi Welter, Brenda Rushing, Betsy Borrett, Nancy Thompson, Cynthia Siemasko, Jolli Wihlm, Shadi Norby, Lynsey Steil, Scott Knowles, Jeff Baldwin, Trampus Wihlm, Jason Kunkle, Keith (Darlene) Juchem, Jennifer (Jordan Smothers) Juchem and Riley Hill. He was preceded in death by his parents Keith and Lois; two sisters, Margie “Micki” Wihlm and Mary Ann Kunkle;  his step mother, Norma Kunkle; and a niece, Diane Baldwin.  


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Diane Destival King on February 27, 2017 at 2:44 PM said:

Deb and family, The whole Destival clan are sorry for your loss. Buck was so good to our parents June and Del. We will miss him when we take Mom to Church.
Pat Saathoff Mcleish on February 27, 2017 at 9:50 AM said:

So sorry to hear of Buck's passing. Much sympathy to Deb and the family. Great fun memories growing up as neighbors to the Kunkles. Spent a lot of time there talking and playing cards. He will be missed!
Bob & Marilyn Kunle on February 26, 2017 at 12:55 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. We both have a bad virus and won't be able to attend the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carlotta Calmese on February 26, 2017 at 11:29 AM said:

Jamesetta and family,
So sorry for your loss.
Rick Kleppe on February 26, 2017 at 10:21 AM said:

Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers for your family
Terrie Staffenhagen on February 25, 2017 at 6:34 PM said:

Deb Zetta and Karrie, I am so sorry to hear of Bucks passing! He was always so good to Jennifer when she was there playing together! She was really upset when she heard! you are all in my thoughts and prayers!
Gwen Goff Schatz on February 25, 2017 at 11:08 AM said:

So sorry to hear about Gaylen. His family were members of Hazleton Presbyterian Church when I was young, so known all of them for years. Had a nice long chat with him at our last class reunion.
Gwen Goff Schatz
Bill and Robin Rosenstiel on February 25, 2017 at 10:38 AM said:

Deb,Zetta,Kerrie and to all of Buck's Family,Sending our sympathy and remembering all the good times with Buck,Rest In Peace old friend
Anonymous on February 25, 2017 at 6:48 AM said:

ill be with you to play pokersoon
Christy Bartels on February 24, 2017 at 9:40 PM said:

Deb, Kerrie, and family
So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.RIP Buck.
Ann Steffen Twedt on February 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers to all of Buck's family. He was wonderful help for our 50th Class Reunion. His classmates of 1965 will miss him.
Daryl Olsen on February 24, 2017 at 8:14 AM said:

So sorry to hear Buck had passed. My condolences to you and your family. I'm glad you are so strongly supported by family, friends and your church community RIP Buck
Daryl Olsen
lyle & Nancy Miller on February 24, 2017 at 5:50 AM said:

Our sincere condolences. I always got a kick out of Buck,- could be cranky on the outside, but you knew he had heart of gold inside. May he rest in peace.
Myrna Zanatta on February 24, 2017 at 5:35 AM said:

Deb, so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately we can't attend Bucks services as we have another funeral out if town. Lots of hugs to y'all.
ptrcholliday@yahoo.com on February 24, 2017 at 5:12 AM said:

Deb and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Buck's passing. Our prayers are with you at this time. Pat and Wayne Holliday
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