|Below is the obituary written by Wally himself shortly before he died.
Wallace M. Kunkel
Writer, woodworker and historian, Mr. Kunkel passed away, April 6, 1997. He was a native of New Point, Holt Co., MO, born April 20, 1921, the only son of Mark C. and Grace McDonald Kunkel.
He was founder of the Mr. Sawdust School of Professional Woodworking and historian for Our Kunkel Family in America -- one of the most complete genealogies of its kind. He was noted for the making of fine furniture.
Mr. Kunkel is survived by his wife, Jean Sanatass Kunkel and their seven children: Marc, Bruce, Jeff, Mary Walsh, Wally, Carl and Chris -- 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Following is the obituary written by his family for release to several newspapers.
Wallace M. Kunkel, affectionately known as Mr. Sawdust, passed away Sunday April 6th after a long illness. Best known as the founder of Mr. Sawdust Schools of Professional Woodworking, Mr. Kunkel also authored a novel about his early life in Missouri entitled, A Missouri Incident .
He wrote the definitive manual on the use of the radial arm saw and he was a genealogist who traced the histories of several families. He leaves behind many beautiful museum quality reproductions of 18th century furniture, now treasured in the homes of his family, which he considered a far greater memorial than a tombstone.
Mr. Kunkel is survived by his wife, Jean, and seven children, five of whom followed him in the woodworking profession, one a graphic artist and his only daughter is an author.
A wake was held at the Assembly of God Church, Brass Castle Rd, Washington NJ at 7:00PM Tuesday April 8th and service 10AM April 9th at same location. Internment was at Union Hill Cemetery , Hackettstown, NJ.
|Now about the future...
Please send all future e-mail to Mary Walsh, Wally's daughter.
She will be able to take care of any questions you have, or forward your e-mail along to where it needs to go.
Jean Kunkel (Wally's widow)
Mary Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dave Walsh (email@example.com)
In the future we will make available a CD version of the completed genealogy. Wally and his son-in-law Ed Walsh spent the last two days before his final hospitalization, making final plans for publishing this massive 20 year project.