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Rolling Oaks Funeral Home

400 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX

OBITUARY

Kunnel Mathew Varughese

June 19, 1938September 5, 2020
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Mr. K. M Varughese (Baby), 82 years of age entered glory on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Our Dear Papa was born into Kunnel family, Mallappally, Kerala, India. He was the second child of (Late) Mr. K.P Mathew and Mrs. Mariamma Mathew. He grew up in Devankara, Mallappally with his three siblings- Mr. K.M Philip (Joy), Mrs. Annamma Thomas, and Mr. K.M Mathew (kunjumon). He completed his primary education in St. Mary’s School, Anicadu and has completed gurukul studies in Manganam, Kottayam. In 1961, he joined service with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. After 38 years of service, he retired from Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat in Itanagar. In 1977, he was chosen as a representative of Arunachal Pradesh Government for a Handloom exhibition in New Delhi. During this visit, he had the privilege of meeting with- The President of India. In 1996, he retired from Govt. service and went back to Kerala permanently with his wife Saramma Varughese. In 2005, Papa and Amma immigrated to Denver, Colorado where he lived for 14 years and over 1 year in Prosper, Texas. They enjoyed their time with their children and grandchildren. An ardent believer in Jesus Christ, he was an active member of the Baptist Church in Arunachal Pradesh, CSI church of Devankara, Parker Bible Church and Horeb Marthoma church in Colorado . He was also, a member of CSI Congregation of Dallas. In 1990 he formed a Malayalam congregation at Itanagar Baptist church in Arunachal Pradesh. His mission in life was to give free First Aid and shots (injection) at home of patients, who could not go to hospitals or afford medical services in Clinics. He exuded unconditional love, care, and generosity to all within his world. We will cherish our memories of him forever. Our blessed hope promised by The Lord Jesus Christ gives us peace and consolation at this time. He is survived by his wife Saramma Varghese (Ammini), his siblings, nephews and nieces, and his children Mrs. Grace Johnson and her husband Mr. Lee Johnson, Mr. Mathew Kunnel and his wife Mrs. Merlin Mathew Kunnel, Mr. Kurian Varghese and his wife Mrs. Ancy Varghese, and his grandchildren: Laya, Kripa, Abhishek, Sanjana (Jena), Joshua and Angelin.

Services

  • Prayer Service

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, September 11, 2020

Memories

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Sheeba Varughese

September 18, 2020

Dear Baby Appachen is my papa’s (Kunnel M. Mathew) older brother. We are so blessed to have shared wonderful moments and memories with him during my childhood. Baby Appachen was a God fearing man and I always remember him instilling into us the importance of daily family prayer time especially during our summer vacations to Kerala.
We were blessed to celebrate his 80th birthday together as a family in Austin.
The last time we saw him face to face was on Christmas Day 2019 and even though he couldn’t properly communicate with us, he was so happy to see us and we really enjoyed the time we spent.
One memory of Babyappachen that I want to share was back in December 1996. Babyappachen and my papa went to see a guy for a marriage proposal for me. They came back home and Babyappachen said that he approved of the guy and that he looks like he’s a strong man (to be specific he said strong arms). And Monaicha was the guy he was referring to.

We are praying for you all, Ammamma, Grace and family, Gleason and family, Gigi and family. May you all have the peace and comfort that only our Lord and Savior can only provide.
Love you all ❤️

John Abraham

September 18, 2020

Have a lot of loving and unforgettable memories from childhood time with OPapa and Amma while living in Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh.

A respectable, honest and disciplined man. Always giving you advice, support and guidance as elderly figure.

We will miss him and he will be always in our prayers and so will be Amma, Graceammama, Gleason Achachan, Gigi Achachan and their family.

V.S. Joseph (Raju)

September 17, 2020

Adding one more memory of my dear brother-in-law:

Babychayan was famous for his safari suits. He always wore only safari suits and he had quite a selection of them. In those days, only executives wore safari suits because they were expensive. He looked very handsome and dashing in them. During his visit to New Delhi in 1977, whenever we went out, all the people would do a double take at this handsome, 37-year-old walking down the street in his safari suit.

He was a good, kind, and generous man. He was a God-fearing man. He was beautiful on the inside and outside. I was very proud to be his brother-in-law.

V.S. Joseph Raju & Aleyamma

September 17, 2020

Babychayan is my brother-in-law (my wife's elder sister's husband), but more than that, he is like my own brother.

We will always remember him for being a devout Christian and a man of prayer. When we think of Babychayan, there are so many beautiful memories coming to mind - too many to count, but some include:

After my marriage to Aleyamma, Babychayan came to visit us in New Delhi in 1977. He was there in an official capacity as a representative of the Arunchal Pradesh state government. He had the option to stay at a luxury hotel, but he opted to stay with us in our small apartment for those six weeks of his trip. I will never forget that time he stayed with us. And every day, before going to sleep, it was a rule that we must pray together. Even after going back to Arunchal Pradesh, Babychayan and I would exchange letters weekly.

And over the years, it was always a joy for us to see him again whether visiting India for vacation or when they would visit the United States. After they settled in Colorado, we used to call each other almost every day and keep in touch with them.

We will always remember their visit with us in 1998. Babychayan led the sermon message at our local CSI Church. He was a good man and a man of faith.

We will always be thankful for his help in planning our daughter Reena's wedding and his participation at our daughter Sheena's wedding.

We will always be grateful for the opportunity to visit with them in Austin for his 80th birthday and their 50th wedding anniversary. We had a chance to revisit old memories and share old jokes. The famous old joke between us was "Innu poittu ennu varum?"

We will always cherish the time we had to see him via video and pray with him and sing "Lokamam Gambheera Varidhiyil" before he passed away.

We still feel regret and sadness that we were not able to go and see him due to the pandemic circumstances, but we are thankful that we had the chance to say goodbye to this good man.

Dona Zachariah

September 17, 2020

I will always remember uncle as a god-fearing man.
Our heartfelt condolences to Ammini aunty, Grace chechi & family, Gleason achachan & family and Gigi achachan & family. Our thoughts and prayers with you all. May our Lord give you peace and comfort during this time.

SHIRLY PHILIP

September 17, 2020

We last met our dear Uppapan (My papa's younger brother) during his visit to Kerala on 29th April, 2016 at Thangamani aunt's residence (younger sister of Ammini aunty).
We never thought that it would be his last visit to Kerala. We cherished the wonderful
days we spent in Arunachal Pradesh (AP), the northeastern state of India.
I remember my papa (Mr. K.M. Philip) saying about the struggles he had to face on the way to reach AP, then NEFA (The North-East Frontier Agency).
Starting from Kerala the journey till the destination in AP in the 60s was not a piece of cake as it seems.
My papa took uppapan and many relatives to get jobs in Arunachal and eventually, served in Government services in different capacities and are all now spending their retired life in Kerala.
At that time there was no direct train service from Kerala to Guwahati (the capital of Assam) and then to different places in AP. They had to cross the Brahmaputra river on ferry.
During monsoon, it was tough to cross the Brahmaputra and its tributaries on the way to Tezu and Roing.
Sometimes when the river current was high, they also had to cross the river on elephants.
Uppapan was very caring and fatherly. He was also involved in God's work particularly in Tezu, the H.Q. of Lohit dist. AP during his stay over there. After retirement, Uppapan left for US, where he spent his last days with his elder son.
I cannot express my grief through words to hear the demise of uppapan.

Biju Mathew

September 17, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Ammamma & all the family members, our prayers and support always with you.
Uncle is one of best friend of my dad Kunjuttychayan because uncle helped my family especially my dad to find job in North India In early 60’s&70”s.
Thank you Ammamma and Family .
With Love & Prayers
Biju & Anitha, Nathan & Ethan
Gigichachen & Jessey Aunty, Joyel & Joanna
Kunjuttychayan
Kurian Uncle & Family
Georgechayan & Family
Gracyammamma & Family
Achenkunjchayan & Family
Rajuchayan & Family
All Cousins & Family”s

Shine Varghese

September 17, 2020

I am so much disappointed with the loss of papa .I call papa coz I was teached so Papa and Mummy mean him a lot and I too.Very Helpful for our Family as we live earlier in Tezu.After coming to Kerala we were in the same church and So on Sundays we see in Church. Papa was an active member in Church Activities ,After church hours he insist us to come home have some chats and then only allow us to leave.When he moved to US we feel so much.But by Calls we were
connected .Now he is no more but the values he shared will remain .At this time on behalf of my family our sincere prayers....

Kuriakose John

September 17, 2020

Blessed are those who die in the Lord . . . for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them! (Revelation 14:13)
As in these verse may Opapa rest in peace in our gods arms peacefully after all the hard work and good deeds he had done for the family, friends and others all through the years.

Grieving with Amma, graceammama,gleason achachan,jiji achachan and families.

Kunnel Mathew Philip

September 17, 2020

Tribute to my younger brother. My mind yet don't approbate his demise. I am the only living person who saw him from his birth, took care of him and guided all through.. In 1955 I took up a government job in Arunachal Pradesh. I sent him first for an evangelical course in Manganam Christavashram which he was interested. After that he was sent for Pharmacist course which he endeared for giving free service where ever he was. Later I took him to my working place and enlisted him in government job in a different field. He was successful in all his endeavors. I cherish our childhood memories vividly. God almighty called him first and I shall follow and see him at shore of Zion in presence of our Lord. I pray for every dear and near ones he left behind. Amen.

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