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Leo A. “Tony” Kunkel

Leo A. “Tony” Kunkel, age 77, of Rockford, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at his home in Rockford.

He was born April 10, 1931, to Leo and Katherine Kunkel in Pearl Lake, Minn.

Leo was a teamster truck driver for 30 years. Upon retirement, he went to work for the Ace Hardware Store in Rockford, until his illness this spring.

Leo and his wife, Aggie, shared 51 years of marriage, and 50 of those years were spent on their farm in Rockford.

Leo and Aggie enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time with their family.

An avid gardener and fisherman, Leo also enjoyed playing cards, wood working, bird watching, and anything to do with his hobby farm.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Katherine Kunkel; four brothers; and three sisters.

Leo is survived by his wife, Aggie; children Pete and Kathy Kunkel, Mary and Todd Schulze, Tim and Cindy Kunkel, Ken and Monica Kunkel, and Leo and Patti Kunkel; 15 grandchildren: Steve, Dan, John, and Billy Kunkel, Anthony and Carrie Schulze, Jordan, Alex, Lauren Kunkel, Chris and Ben Kunkel, Katie and Kevin Kemp, and Allie and Wyatt Kunkel; siblings Sister Francetta Kunkel SSP, Sister Rita Kunkel OSB, Delores Nystrom, and Bernard Kunkel; as well as many other family members.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. at the St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, with the Rev. Michael Miller officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery, with military honors provided by Delano American Legion Post 377.

Visitation took place Friday, Sept. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, and continued Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the Mass.

Casket bearers were Leo’s grandsons: Steve Kunkel, Dan Kunkel, John Kunkel, Billy Kunkel, Jordan Kunkel, Alex Kunkel, Anthony Schulze, Chris Kunkel, and Ben Kunkel. Honorary bearers were Leo’s grandchildren: Wyatt Kunkel, Kevin Kemp, Katie Kemp, Carrie Schulze, Allie Kunkel, and Lauren Kunkel.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.