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Orville Kunkel

December 21, 1928 — March 30, 2019

Orville "Bubba" Werdie Kunkel of Carmine, age 90, passed away March 30, 2019 at his residence.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday, April 1 2019, from 5 until 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 2 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow at Loewe Family Cemetery in Sandtown.

Orville Werdie Kunkel was born December 21, 1928 in Carmine, Texas to Walter Rudolph and Clara Emily (Stebner) Kunkel. He graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School. On the day of graduation, he left Carmine for the U.S. Army. He completed 2 tours of duty, he rose to the rank of sergeant, he received an honorable discharge. Later, he finished his education from the University of Houston. Orville worked at Petro-Tex Chemical for 27 years as supervisor before retiring. After retirement, he moved back to his home place in Carmine where he enjoyed his retirement for 36 years.

Orville Kunkel married La Verne Eloise Sommer on October 1, 1950 and enjoyed 68 years of marriage. They were blessed with three wonderful daughters, two sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren.

Orville Kunkel loved ranching, dancing, telling jokes, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Lions Club, SPJST, and Quade Werchan American Legion Post 338. He had a special place in his heart for his cousin and best friend, JC Pohl, and his numerous relatives and friends.

Orville is survived by his wife, La Verne Kunkel; daughters Brenda Callahan, Deborah Albert and husband Randy, and Tawana Mueller and husband Donald; grandchildren Cory, Casey, Chad, Chanda, Marisa, and Megan; fifteen great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Clara Kunkel, brother W.C. Kunkel, son-in-law Bobby Sandras, and granddaughter Callie Sandras.

Serving as pallbearers are grandsons Cory Callahan, Casey Callahan, Mason Callahan, Chad Albert, Ryan Youngblood, Aaron Wylie, and Bryan Tucker.

Memorial may be directed to Hospice Brazos Valley or Loewe Cemetery Association.

Funeral arrangements for Orville Werdie Kunkel are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

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    Carmine, Texas 78932
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