Maurice Dean Kunkel

July 18, 1938August 7, 2018

Born in Duquoin, Ill. on July 18, 1938. He graduated from Christopher Community High School and married Judith Lorraine Prater on the same day. Maurice served 23 years in U.S. Air Force, retiring as Senior Master Sergeant, while working at Special Operations Weather Technician (Airborne) and culminating as advisor to California Air national Guard in 1979. In that time, he spent 6 years in Southeast Asia, where he became fluent in Thai and Lao languages. He was awarded two bronze stars, 6 Air Medals, a joint-service commendation medal and was a lifetime member of VFW and retired enlisted association, TREA. After military service, he worked as a realtor and notary public, later brokering is firm for over 20 years, where he specialized in the Eastern Antelope Valley. He also earned Associate Degrees at Antelope Valley College. He was President of Antelope Valley Foothill Board of Realtors in 1992. Concurrently, he sat as a hearing officer for the Assessment Appeals Board at multiple locations in Los Angeles Count for 25 years. For 28 years he served on the Wilsano School District Board of Trustees and the Antelope Valley School Boards Association and served as a Board member and Treasurer of Lake Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for 28 years. Hobbies included dual-sport motorcycling, scuba diving, where he once traversed San Pedro to Catalina in an inflatable boat, and RVing in both Class A and C. He also owned several classic Chevrolet trucks. in 1982, he hiked Mt. Baden Powell and Mt. Whitney with his youngest son, Kevin. Maurice is survived he by his wife of 62 years, Judith and two sons, Rod Kunkel and wife, Linda, of Lake Los Angeles, and Kevin Kunkel, and wife Joanne, of Reston, VA. He was preceded in death by his son Rick, who passed away in 2013. He leaves 5 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, nine great granddaughters and 1 great grandson. He has two sisters, Phyllis Pearson of Sesser, Ill. and Karen Kunkel of Kissemmee, Fla. Maurice succumbed to cancer on August 7th, 2018. Funeral will be held 10 am on August 25 at Joshua Memorial Park in Lancaster, Calif. He will be laid to rest at Lancaster Cemetery with military honors.


  • Visitation Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 25, 2018

Maurice Dean Kunkel

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Linda Kunkel

August 26, 2018

Grandpa , I Hope you know how grateful I am to you, being there when you didn’t have to be, for being someone my children could look up to, for being a stand up man, for being a strict father and grandfather, for teaching the kids something every chance you had, and oh so for so many other things! We all are so proud to a part of your family! We all will miss you dearly! Rod, Kevin, Joann and myself promise to take care of grandma as you would want. I can’t express it in words but I know you were as proud as I am of your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all the generations that will follow! ❤️ Forever in my heart! 🤗,

Haley Diercks

August 25, 2018

Grandpa, you are forever in our hearts and may you Rest In Peace. I am glad I was able to spend time with you before god brought you home up high. The last time I saw you, we talked about the states and how many senators there were in each and just talked about government stuff. Although I was quiet, I loved seeing you talk so much about something whether you were passionate for it or not. ❤️❤️I love you papa Maurice

Annie Hathaway

August 25, 2018

You were an amazing man! You will be remembered always for your calm nature, level head and kindness to my children and myself . May you rest in peace.

Mary Borrelli

August 20, 2018

Thinking of all the Kunkels at this time of loss. May all your memories fill your hearts and get you through this difficult time. 💕💕🤗🤗

Kayliana Cash

August 17, 2018

Thinking of you everyday & will always be missing you . I love you Great - Grandpa <3

Kambria Cash

August 16, 2018

grandpa was one of the most wise , kind hearted man i have ever known . hearing his life stories , and everything he has been through and experienced is something i will never forget . may his beautiful soul rest in peace . i love you grandpa <3

Dana Cash

August 16, 2018

My grandfather Maurice Dean Kunkel ❤️
My grandpa was the epitome of a good man. He is one of the most honorable and wise man I have ever known and undoubtedly the most respected man from Lake Los Angeles. He will be forever dearly missed !
I love you grandpa !