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John George Gunkel, III

March 19, 1926 ~ April 22, 2021 (age 95)

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Obituary of Mr. John George Gunkel, III  

Mr. John George Gunkel, III of Rehoboth Beach, DE and formerly of Westview Park Catonsville, MD passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Cadia Health Care Renaissance in Millsboro.  He was 95 years old.  

John was born in Baltimore, MD to the late Elmer and Edna Gunkel on March 19, 1926.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Marian H. Gunkel in 2015.   

 He retired from Baltimore City Fire Dept as acting Lt. after 31 years of service.  He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Catonsville, MD, a member of Masonic Lodge in Catonsville, MD and was also a US Navy Veteran serving on USS Bryce Canyon serving during WWII and the Korean War Era.  He received the American Theater Ribbon and the victory Medal.  In his free time, he enjoyed reading, gardening, playing cards, and duck pin bowling.  John was known to be honest, dependable, loving, caring, a good friend, and a dedicated & staunch patriot.  He knew how to hold his ground and make a stand when necessary. He adored his daughters and will be dearly missed.


He is survived by three daughters Kate Kane of Elverson, PA: Robin Camponeschi (Gary) of Perry Hall, MD and Melanie T. Gunkel of Rehoboth Beach, DE.  He also leaves behind a sister Delores Palmer (Fred) of Bear DE; special friends Charles “Buck” Hicks and Jack Ward as well as four grandchildren Jason Brooks, John Kane, Jr. Rebecca Kane and Laura Kane and 10 great grandchildren, 5 great grandsons and 5 great granddaughters.  He loved his eleven dogs and cats.  Nine have preceded, Geordy and Kodiak survive him. 

A chapel service with Military Honors  will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, July 16, 2021 at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, DE  19966.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Psalm 23: 4  

Arrangements provided by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, DE. 

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Military Honors
July 16, 2021

2:00 PM
Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
26669 Patriots Way
Millsboro, DE 19966


Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
26669 Patriots Way
Millsboro, DE 19966


Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
26669 Patriots Way
Millsboro, DE 19966

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