Carlyn Emma Kunkel, loving wife and mother of three boys and one granddaughter, passed into the loving arms of Jesus her Lord on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020. Carlyn was born in Plainview, Texas on August 22nd, 1947 to A. G. and Emma (Boedeker) Bontke. She was baptized into the Christian faith on October 26th, 1947 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was confirmed in her Christian faith on March 26th, 1961 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Carlyn has been a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church for 20 years.
Carlyn went to grade school, middle school, and graduated high school in Kress, Texas in 1965. After high school she attended Draughon’s Business College where she obtained a business certification in 1967.
Carlyn met her future husband, Martin Kunkel, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They were married at St. Paul Lutheran Church on March 30th, 1968. They were blessed (according to her) with three boys – Rodney, Shannon, and Dwain. They were married for 52 wonderful years.
Carlyn and Martin raised their three sons while farming in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. After her three sons went off to college, Martin and Carlyn settled in Garden City, KS. Carlyn started working in the kitchen at Victor Ornelas Elementary school in Garden City to help feed the next generation of kids for 11 years.
She eventually became a paraprofessional educator for learning disabled children at Bushland Elementary outside of Amarillo, Texas. During this time she discovered learning disabled children are more likely to learn to read by reading to animals as opposed to reading to an adult. She enrolled in classes to teach her and her dog, Buddy, how to help children read. For years after Buddy passed away, children in junior high and high school would come up to her and gladly tell her “I wouldn’t have learned to read if it wasn’t for you and Buddy.” She was very proud of this especially since she had suffered from dyslexia herself.
Carlyn retired in 2017. But she kept training service dogs. She loved to take Teddy and then Lucy to the VA, the children’s cancer ward at Northwest Texas Hospital, and other places where her dogs brought some light into people’s lives.
Carlyn was preceded in death by her father, A. G. She is survived by her mother, Emma, her two sisters, Shirley and Dianna (and Dianna’s husband David Glenn) of Kress, Texas, her husband, Martin, her three sons – Rodney (Overland Park, KS), Shannon (Westmoreland, KS), and Dwain (Overland Park, KS), and her one precious granddaughter, Demi (Canyon).
Carlyn’s funeral will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Amarillo at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Burial will follow in the Plainview Cemetery at 2:30 pm. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Friday, November 6, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
To God be the Glory.
The family would like you to know Carlyn passed away from COVID-19. We ask all of you to wear your masks and practice safe distancing.
Steaks for Troops/All American Beef Battalion
P.O. Box 458
Ashland, KS 67831
Carlyn and Martin travelled a lot of miles feeding thousands of troops