Christopher C. Kunkel, age 63, of Sun Valley, CA, formerly of Uniontown, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 1 in his residence. His family is deeply saddened by his sudden death. Chris was born on November 20, 1959, in Pittsburgh, PA. and was preceded in death by his parents George A. Kunkel MD and Mary Ellen Harvey Kunkel MD.
Chris was a 1977 graduate of Laurel Highlands High School and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He spent his career in retail and received numerous top producer and management awards. His success in sales stemmed from his friendly demeanor and desire to help others. He recently started in a new role working for a non-profit helping autistic people find jobs, a role for which he was so well suited.
Chris studied the arts, and his passion was film and all things Hollywood. He especially enjoyed classic movies and horror films. Chris loved spending time in Las Vegas, taking in the shows, attractions and entertainment of the city. Chris treasured his time with his special niece, Natalie. They enjoyed long-time traditions like playing the game Sorry, watching movies and just spending time together talking.
In addition to his parents, Chris was preceded in death by aunts and uncles Lawrence Kunkel (Irene), William Kunkel (Rose), Herbert Kunkel M.D (Dot), Agnes Kilchenstein, Leo Harvey, Charles Harvey, James Harvey and William Harvey.
Left to cherish Chris’s memory are his sister, Mary Kunkel of Fairfax, VA; brothers James Kunkel of Greensburg, George Kunkel (Elisabeth) of Hershey, PA and Gregory Kunkel (Linda) of Uniontown; nieces and nephews, Lawrence Kunkel, George Kunkel, Marie Worsham (Joshua), Emily Kunkel, and Natalie Kelly (Patrick). Chris loved his grandniece and nephews Rhea Marie Worsham, Joshua Stephen Worsham and Jack Raymon Dee Worsham. He is also survived by a special aunt, Gloria Harvey, many cousins including Leslie and Bill Kunkel and numerous friends including special long-time friend Jan Malinowski.
Chris will be profoundly missed by so many. He will be remembered for all the love and caring he shared with his friends and family. He genuinely loved them all – and if you knew him, you knew it. He will be missed dearly.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, Inc., 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown, PA where family and friends will be received on Friday, November 17 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue in the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will be private.
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