We Will Forever Remember
This site was created in loving memory of Larry Kunkle. Devoted father and doting grandfather, avid skier, Vietnam veteran, dedicated volunteer, and true friend.
Born in Columbus, Ohio
APRIL 1, 1940
Lawrence “Larry” Edward Kunkle, 81
Born April 1, 1940 | Died June 26, 2021
Larry died at home in Minturn, Colorado surrounded by his family and after three tough battles with cancer. Larry was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 1, 1940 His parents were Louise and Lawrence Kunkle.
He is survived by his brother Lynn; three children Kurt, Kirsten and Kyle; and 4 grandchildren, Lyla, Cooper, Rees and Nolan.
He went to Ohio University as an undergrad, and then attended Ohio State Medical School where he received a degree in Dentistry. At school he was a Beta Theta Phi. His fraternity brothers were active in his life.
He started his dentistry career in the Army where he served in Vietnam, and he remained a proud veteran for all his life. Larry raised his family and built a dentistry practice in Denver until he retired in 1999. He soon moved to the Vail Valley where he enjoyed all the Valley had to offer. He loved to camp, hike, ski , and ride bikes. He especially loved to ride his Harley Davidson in the summer. He took some fun motorcycle trips with his brother, including a ride all the way to Alaska. In the winter he volunteered at Vail as a mountain host. He loved to ski, as well as all things associated with mountain valley life.
Larry received his cancer treatments at the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards where he became an active volunteer. Walking into the Shaw with Larry was like Norm walking into Cheers. He loved all the people at the Shaw.
Larry was known for his kindness and his fun nature, both reflected in the many, many friends that he had. He was loved throughout the Vail Valley and beyond. He will be greatly missed.
Larry’s Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, July 14th, The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 to 11:30 at the top of Eagle's Nest gondola. You will want to arrive at the base of Lions Head at 10:00 to ride the gondola to the top of the mountain. If you are season pass holder, please bring it for free gondola access. All others, please let gondola operators you are here for Larry Kunkle's Celebration of Life.