Timothy Leroy Kunkle, age 46, of Erie, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 3, 2011, at UPMC Hamot, with his family at his side. He was born November 16, 1964 in Erie, PA and was the son of James Richard Kunkle and Mabel Dee Merrell.

Tim cherished time spent with his father, uncles and cousins hunting and four-wheeling on the family farm and most often was the first one of the group to bag a buck. He was an avid Steelers fan and also loved fishing the shores and tributaries of Lake Erie with his best friend, Joe Samson, and spending time with his family, friends and beloved dog, Zeke. Tim was fiercely loyal and devoted to his family and friends and will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

Tim was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Floyd and Bernice Kunkle; maternal grandmother, Ruth Robinson; and uncle, Fred Kunkle.

In addition to his parents, survivors include sisters, Susan Dollivar and husband, Frank, of Erie; and Stacey Kunkle of Harborcreek; brothers, James Kunkle, Jr. of Erie, David Kunkle and partner, Crystal DeArmond, of Sand Springs, Okla.; children, Ruth and Gary Sixkiller of Arizona; nieces, Jessica Gonder of Tulsa, Okla. And Alexis Harris of Erie; nephews, Jeremie Harris of Erie and Dakota Kunkle of Sand Springs, Okla.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to thank the nurses and respiratory staff who helped care for Tim during the most difficult period of his life. Arrangements were handled by the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc. 2607 Buffalo Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to the ANNA Shelter, 1555 E. 10th St., Erie PA 16511.

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