Robert "Bob" C. Kunkle

Thursday, July 16th, 1942 - Saturday, October 10th, 2020
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Robert C. “Bob” Kunkle, 78, of Larimer died Saturday October 10, 2020 at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born July 16, 1942 in Greensburg, a son of the late Robert H. and Louise M. (Hellmann) Kunkle. Prior to his retirement he was employed at Lutheran brotherhood Fraternal Insurance. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Irwin where he was the director of music for 55 years. Bob was also a member of the American Guild of Organists, and the Shidle Lodge 601 F&AM, Irwin. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by brother-in-law Alfred Bilesimo. Surviving are his wife of 57 years Marion G. (Gongaware) Kunkle: two daughters Sarah M. Carter and Susan M. Ceklosky and her husband, Joe; two grandchildren Wesley and Emma; sisters and brother Carole Bilesimo, Sarah “Sally” Sheakley and her husband, Tom , Karl Kunkle and his wife Debbie and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held November 7th at The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for Organ Enrichment, 502 Main Street Irwin, PA 15642.
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    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity
    Main & 5th Streets
    IRWIN, PA 15642
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Donations are being accepted for: HolyTrinity Lutheran Church.


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John Neil

Posted at 04:58pm
Bob was there for me in 1979 as I started my career at the Ott Funeral Home as a high School Sr., college student, mortuary student and finally an intern. We lined up funerals together and helped Bob's friend and my beloved mentor, Joe Ott.
Bob's dad's sister was married to my great uncle, Robert Mull. Joe was always confounded when Bob and I would tell him that Bob's uncle was my great uncle, however Bobby and I were NOT related. LOL. Good friend and guiding hand. God bless you all.
John C. Neil

Robert Lee

Posted at 05:07pm
I live in California but I visit my mom in Irwin about once a year. I always love going to church with her, partly because it was the only time I ever got to visit with Bob. His Bach was my original inspiration to get into music. In recent years he advanced so much, making Holy Trinity sound like an orchestral concert hall. I knew him as a gentle, kind person with true passion in his heart. I'm sure everyone who knew him as I did is grieving right now. God bless Bob Kunkle.

Janice Linsenmayer

Posted at 08:45pm
I remember Bob as my cousin, our birthdays being 25 days apart--I being the senior, he would remind me.
We last saw him at Holy Trinity after a Sunday service in 2009.
Griff and I send our condolences to Marion and the family.

Carole Bilesimo

Posted at 06:53pm
I remember Bob as my younger brother. He was always so busy with running Mom’s sweeper or trying to help with the washing. Always busy!

Carole, Dianne, Dave, Donna & Paul

Posted at 03:06pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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