Loah Louise Richie Kunkle
August 28, 1920 ‒ June 27, 2018
“A Silver Star Mother”
Loah Louise Richie was born in 1920, and married James “Jimmy,” Kunkle in 1938. The mother of five children, Mrs. Kunkle became a born-again Christian in November of 1949, becoming highly involved with the ministries of The Salvation Army in Marion, Ohio.
She became the leader of the Sunbeams Troop, sewing the uniform dresses for the little girls. Later, she served as leader of the Women’s Ministries (Home League Secretary) for more than twenty years. One project of the League was to make pajamas for children going to Salvation Army summer camps.
During her active life, she was employed by Wilhelm’s Wallpaper and Paint Company, and Richman Brothers Clothing Store. Louise was also writing poetry, short stories and articles. One of her poems was printed in The Salvation Army magazine (The War Cry). Her first article, a book review, was published in the Marion Star newspaper when she was sixteen years old in high school.
Her Silver Star Fellowship membership is in honor of her four daughters having served as Salvation Army officers in various years since 1962.
“Apples and Ice: The Michigan Mystery, is an intriguing first mystery romance novel by Louise Richie Kunkle.” This book has been awarded the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence by the US Review of Books.
In her later years she longed for her “promotion to Glory” as is The Salvation Army term for passing from this life to eternal life. This date for her came on June 27, 2018.
Louise is survived by her children, Judith (John) Cheydleur of Syracuse, NY, Virginia Van Brunt of Myrtle Beach, SC, Debbi (Paul) Cranford of Myrtle Beach, SC, and David (Margie) Sanders of Pensacola, FL., 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband James Edward Kunkle on October 13, 1971 and by her daughter Karen Lee Kunkle Uplinger, April 22, 2016, two sisters and five brothers.
A memorial service will be held at The Salvation Army, 317 West Church St., Marion, Ohio on August 25, 2018 at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Women’s Ministry of The Salvation Army in Marion.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Louise’s family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.