David Bryant Kunkler

Oct. 18, 1935 — June 29, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Muskogee, OK

Graveside Service

David Bryant Kunkler, 83 of Richland, Washington passed away with his family by his side on June 29, 2019 at Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick, Washington. He was born on October 18, 1935 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Roscoe and Jewell Kunkler. 

David served in the US Army and became an Iron Worker for Westinghouse Hanford Company. He was a part of the Elks Lodge, International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers and the Iron Workers Local Union No. 14.  David prided himself on his athleticism, having bowled several 300 games and was an avid golfer. 

He is survived by Christina Harthun (Daughter), David Michael Kunkler (Son), Kathryn Kunkler (Daughter), Kyra Harthun (Granddaughter), and Claudine Kunkler (Granddaughter).

David was preceded in death by John Kunkler (Brother), Paul Kunkler (Brother), Charles Kunkler (Brother), JL Kunkler (Brother), Mildred Ann Black (Sister), Roscoe Kunkler (Father) and Jewell Kunkler (Mother). 

A Graveside Service will be held at Sunset Gardens in Richland, Washington on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM. 

Donations can be made to Chaplaincy Hospice House 2108 W. Entiat Ave, Kennewick, Washington 99336.

Guestbook for

David Bryant Kunkler

  • Dave was a one-of-a-kind. Knowing him through bowling and the neighborhood for a very long time. May he dance (and bowl and golf) with the angels . We will miss his mischievous self. It was an adventure to know him and love him.

    Dave and Janet Bryant
    July 9, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • Well, Dave, you have really done it this time....I hope they have a baseball team up there....we'll miss you and your wit....we were the best of friends from the 7th grade on....you were an usher at Edna's and my wedding....lost track for awhile, but started seeing each other at the Club 40 functions...didn't know you had so many siblings....it was just you and your dad, as I remember.....see you again, but hopefully not soon.

    Jim McKeown
    July 8, 2019
    Murrieta, Ca...
  • Lefty was a friend. I played many a base ball game with him in school and in the summer. He will be missed.

    Jim Mefford
    July 8, 2019
  • God bless the family(Christine, mike, and Kathryn) and provide them comfort during this trying times. David was one of my best friends for more than 50 years. We had many great times bowling and golfing. he was always there for me and my wife. When we first were married we would go to Dave's house to play pinochle for hours. We bowled numerous tournaments (throughout the northwest), won a couple, and many leagues in Richland, Kennewick and Pasco. Dave and I bowled a 1502 scratch for 3 games in doubles to win a tournament in Richland. He was super competitive at all things whether it was cards, golf, bowling. We played golf many times. There are many stories to be told about this wonderful person. I will miss my friend greatly, Rest in Peace Love you

    July 6, 2019
  • Lefty leaves behind so many memories starting from high school in Richland, WA. He and Bill were like brothers (Bill's best friend in high school, and our Best Man at our wedding ) A very special person to Bill and I. Our condolence to his family. He will be missed. Hard to lose our Best Man, but we will always remember him and the good times we shared.

    William (Bill) Griffin
    July 5, 2019
    Sisters, Oregon
  • Dave....maybe you can hit a few homers up there, and a few more 300 games....I thank you for your friendship over the years, and being an usher at our wedding.....you were a close friend growing up, and both Edna and I hope you are at rest

    Jim McKeown
    July 3, 2019
    Murrieta, ca.

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