Kenneth Murray Kunke, age 82, of Tampa, Florida passed on September 29, 2020. He was born to Oswald Kunke and Sylvia Zimmerman Kunke on January 17, 1938 in New York.
Kenneth is survived by two daughters: Kandy Kunke-Glenn (Roger Glenn), Kelly Jo Sassano(Joseph Sassano) and grandson Joseph Alex Sassano. He also leaves to cherish his memory with his three siblings, Georgia Lee Mercer, Russell Barry Kunke (Linda Kunke) and Wayne Roger Kunke.
Kenneth joined the United States Army after high school, married his high school sweetheart, Loretta Bunny Zelenke and went on to flight training. He served 30 years from 3/7/55 - 4/27/1985, as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW3) pilot flying fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft. He did 3 tours in Vietnam where he flew many courageous combat missions. After retirement from the Armed Forces, Kenneth continued his love of flying at FlightSafety International in Daleville, Alabama, one of the worlds leading aviation training companies. As a flight instructor he trained government, military and commercial pilots, retired after 10 years of service.
Kenneth was a kind, gentle, and soft-spoken man who will be missed dearly by his daughters, family and friends.
In Loving Memory
Military Honors Funeral -Interment 10/06/2020
Florida National Cemetery 6502 SW 102nd Avenue Bushnell, Florida 33513 www.cem.va.gov
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