Cyril J. “Cy” Kunkel


Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Cyril J. “Cy” Kunkel, 90, a resident of Davenport will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2012 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 417 Main Street, downtown Davenport.  Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park with military graveside services conducted by the American Legion Post 26.  Visitation will be Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Halligan – McCabe – DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport.  The family will greet friends from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m.  There will be a family led rosary at 5:30 p.m. that all are invited to join.

Mr. Kunkel died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at ManorCare Utica Ridge in Davenport following a brief illness.

Cyril Joseph Kunkel was born June 8, 1922 in Haverhill, Iowa a son of John and Bertha (Freese) Kunkel.  He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Benson on June 9, 1947 in Haverhill.  They were blessed to have celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary.

In earlier years Cy had worked the family farm. He then proudly served our country during World War II, in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  He started his employment career at the former Bendix Corporation in Davenport from 1951 until 1966.  During this time he began assisting at the former A – Z Rental Company in Davenport.  When the opportunity arose he purchased the rental company and formed “Cy’s Rental”.  He was dedicated to his rental business and stayed active until 2010.


He was a member of the Cornbelt Rental Association and the American Rental Associations; where he and Mary established many cherished friendships and acquaintances.  He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Farm Bureau, and St. Anthony’s Parish.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Handicapped Development Center, 3402 Hickory Grove Road, Davenport, IA 52803.

Those left to honor his memory include his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary; and children and their spouses, Patricia and Hal Mann, Michael and Susie Kunkel, Jeffrey, Kathleen, Kevin and Richard Kunkel; grandchildren, Emily Mann, Jamie (Matthew) Thompson, and Brian Myhre; great grandchildren, Ethan, Alyssa, and Izac Thompson; his siblings and their spouses, Urban Kunkel, Rosella (Robert) Hartwig, Esther (James) Nussbaum, and Marilyn (Al) Safford; sisters-in-law, Dolores Kunkel, Carmen Kunkel, Judy Kunkel, Dorothy Peterson; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Wilbert, Edwin, Elmer, and Viola, a brother-in-law, Donald Peterson, and sisters-in-law, Coleen and Shirley.  May they rest in peace.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Cy’s obituary at

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