Plymouth County

Pvt. Dale Kunkel
Dec 1917-4 Jun 1945





Mrs. Dale Kounkel returned yesterday after spending a month with her husband, Dale Kounkel, at Camp Stewart, Ga. On the morning of the invasion every boy in camp put in a dollar to buy war bonds. They bought $25 bonds and the boys drew lots to see who'd get them. Dale was fortunate enough to win one of the bonds.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, June 22, 1944


Mrs. Dale Kunkel is leaving this evening for Fort Jackson, S.C., for a visit with her husband Pvt. Dale Kunkel, who has been in the Army since March. He is in the infantry.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, Nov. 16, 1944

Was Injured In Combat In Germany On March 13

Mrs. Dale Kunkel received word from the War Department Wednesday morning advising her that her husband, Pvt. Dale Kunkel, died of wounds June 4, in a hospital in England. Pvt. Kunkel was injured in combat on March 13 in Germany and had been transferred to England for hospitalization.

Pvt. Kunkel entered the service on March 31, 1944, and went overseas last January. Prior to entrance into the service he was employed for six years by the Plymouth Co-op, Oil Co. He was station manager in LeMars for some time and in October 1943, moved to Kingsley where he was manager until called into the service.

Dale Kunkel, son of Frank Kunkel of LeMars, was born on a farm in America township in December 1917, and grew to manhood in Plymouth County. He attended school in LeMars and on June 10, 1940, he was united in marriage at Oyens, Iowa, to Miss Dolores Masuen, who with two sons, Kenneth and Ronald, survive him. He is also survived by his father and the following brothers and sisters: Arthur of Remsen, Ed of Kingsley, Felix of Sioux county, Mrs. Albert Mayrose of Alton, Mrs. Agnes Thill of Remsen, Mrs. Caroline Langel of LeMars, Mrs. Nick Kneip of LeMars, Mrs. Lawrence Nuebel of Remsen, and Mrs. Donald Wernli of Vancouver, Washington. His mother preceded him in death on January 4, 1941.

Source: The LeMars Sentinel, June 22, 1945

Dale Kunkel Died Of Battle Wound
Survived By Wife And Two Sons

(the other soldier listed with his own obituary was Harm Kock)

Funeral services for Pvt. Dale Kunkel will be held in LeMars Thursday at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic church.  Private Kunkel died in an Army hospital in England in an Army hospital in England June 4, 1945, after being wounded in Germany March 13 of that year.

Private Kunkel was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kunkel.  He was 26 years old at time of his death.  His wife was the former Delores Masuen of LeMars.

He entered the Army March 31, 1944, and was stationed in United States in Camp Stewart, Ga., Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Meade, Md.  He went overseas with the First Army January 4, 1945.  He was a member of an infantry division.

He is survived by his wife, Delores, two sons, Kenneth and Ronald, and the following brothers:  Art of Remsen, Ed of Kingsley; and six sisters, Mrs. Albert Mayrose, Alton; Mrs. Nick Kneip, Oyens; Mrs. Al Thill, Remsne: Mrs. Lawrence Nuebel, Remsen; Mrs. Caroline Langel, LeMars; Mrs. Don Wernli, Dallas, Oregon.

The body will arrive in LeMars with a military escort Wednesday, July 21, at 1:15 p.m. and will be taken to the home at 401 Fourth Avenue, NE from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.

LeMars Legion Post will provide a military funeral for Pvt. Kunkel.  Arrangements are in the hands of Wiltgen’s Funerral Home.  Msgr. J. D. Fisch will be in charge of the services.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, July 20, 1948