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Melvin Kunkel

June 10, 1920 - February 20, 2013


 Melvin Kunkel lived an active life for 93 years and died after a brief stay in hospital.  He is survived by his loving wife Carmen who will miss him dearly, and children Dick (Valika), Don (Wendy), Pam (Clay), and Penny (Wally).  He also had twelve grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, and is survived by his sister Catherine.  He was predeceased by his parents, George and Peggy Kunkel, and his first wife Lois.  Melvin was born  in Aneroid, Saskatchewan and raised in Assiniboia in southern Saskatchewan.  He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he completed his pre-medicine program.  After working for three years, he attended medical school at the University of Toronto and obtained his medical degree in 1945.  After a brief internship in Regina, he married Lois and they moved to Humboldt, SK., where he practiced and started to raise a family.  He furthered his education and received a Master’s Degree with a speciality in orthopaedic surgery from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota then moved to Saskatoon, SK where he practiced medicine and continued raising the family. As well as a member of both the Canadian and American Medical Associations, he also went on to become a  member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Society. In Saskatoon he was active in the formation of a Junior B Hockey League and was instrumental in building the Medical Arts Building.  He also imported and bred French Charolais cattle and was an active hunter and fisherman.  After raising his family in Saskatoon and a series of unfortunate events in his cattle herd, he moved to the community of Duncan, BC and practiced in the field of orthopaedic surgery for several more years then retired to Victoria.  He married Carmen Martine in 2007 and moved back to the Duncan area where he and Carmen wrote and published his 2nd Large Print cookbook with CNIB in mind, to help people with low vision. The family would like to thank the kind doctors and nurses at the Duncan Hospital, especially Dr. Phillippson and Martha Roberge, who provided palliative care in his last days.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Launi Davis
Relation: He was my grandfather

Dear Grandpa Kunkel,

I don’t know what happens now that you are gone from here, but I pray that you are covered in the warmth of God. I know He loves you. May your heart be open to Him, with all earthly hardships, grudges, and pain released and placed upon Him.

Thank you for being a doctor and caring for people. I wish I had the chance to hear some of your medical stories, as I’m sure you had some really good ones. I have one of Grandma’s old photo albums and there are pictures of you in a white lab coat acting goofy.

Thank you also for being my mom’s dad. You helped make a really awesome daughter and we love her very much. Please protect all of your kids from wherever you are.

I just really hope you find peace and comfort Grandpa.



Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 8, 2013
Beginning at 1:00pm

St. Edward''s Catholic Church
2085 Maple Bay Road
Duncan, BC Canada

2085 Maple Bay Road
Duncan, BC Canada

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