John Kunkler

John Kunkler

John Kunkler is a public-interest attorney with the Center for Environmental Law and Policy. He specializes in litigating endangered species and public-lands cases across America.

He strives to protect habitats for a range of endangered species, such as condors and ocelots in Mexico’s Gulf of California. Additionally, he works to reduce methane emissions from landfills and the natural gas industry.

Early Life and Education

John Kunkler was born on December 4, 1893 in Kansas City, Missouri to Louis G. Kunkler and Adeline M.Kunkler (nee Sloane).

He was the brother of Dewey Carl Kunkler and Lulu B.Kunkler.

He was a member of Saint Meinrad Catholic Church, having been baptized as a child and receiving his First Holy Communion, Solemn Communion and Confession. He attended Mount Gilead Grade School and Bristow High School before working at William Tell Woodcrafters and Swiss Plywood for 32 years until his passing in 1976.

Achievements and Honors

John Kounkler was a high school dropout who went on to earn degrees in biology, psychology and business administration. A warehouseman by trade, he became an acclaimed business owner, member of the National Alumni Association and an outstanding volunteer; not to mention an adoring husband, father and grandfather!

One of his more remarkable accomplishments was raising money for refugees from Ukraine, the country bordering his native Poland. A Facebook posting by Kunkler resulted in a donation of $5,300; other awards include:

Personal Life

John Kunkler and Carol Williamson wanted their lime-green 1843 house in Moorestown to stand out from the rest, embodying their eclectic interests.

The result is a home filled with unique and whimsical artifacts such as rubber chickens, church confessionals, mannequins, clown shoes and more. Additionally, it boasts some rare antiques like doors from a horse-drawn hearse.

Kunkler enjoyed many interests, including helping others, volunteering his time, taking cruises and visiting his Florida timeshare and Amish cabin. But most of all he was happiest when surrounded by his family. Survived by his wife Cheryl D. Kunkler; children Darlene Mooty, Virginia Schwin and Melanie Kunkler; as well as grandchildren; memorial contributions may be made to either St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in lieu of flowers.

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