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Lillian Kunkel Cates, age 97, passed away on Dec. 5, 2016, at her home in Weatherford.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Weatherford, with Rev. Tim Fraker, pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow at the St. Luke Lutheran Cemetery in Olney.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.
Lillian was born on April 8, 1919, in Olney, to Victor Wilhelm and Rosa Emilia (Dorpat) Kunkel. She married Millard Cates on Sept. 3, 1944, in Denver, Colorado. She was an engineering administration assistant for General Dynamics in Fort Worth for 31 years. She was a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She moved to Weatherford in 1958 from Fort Worth.
Mrs. Cates was preceded in death by her husband, Millard Cates on March 17, 1999, and by one son, Timothy Dean Cates on Dec. 3, 1950.
Lillian was survived by one brother; Edgar V. Kunkel and his wife Edalene, of Corpus Christi; sister-in-law, Hilda Laura Kunkel of Round Rock; nieces and nephews, Ronald Kunkel and his wife Mary Lynn, of Leander, Robert Kunkel and his wife Cindy, of Austin, Leonard Wayne Kunkel and his wife Angela, of Kirbyville, Missouri, Jeanine Kunkel McGregor, of Granbury, Dennis Kunkel of Portland, Texas, Jacqueline Kunkel of Round Rock, Yvonne Kunkel Hennessey and her husband Bill, of Plano, Pastor Lee Ross Kunkel and his wife Debbie, of Brenham, Dr. Dale A. Kunkel, DDS and his wife Diane, of Neosho, Missouri, Robert A. Kunkel and his wife Judy, of Corpus Christi, Vonda White Palmer and her husband Thomas, of Goodland, Kansas, Patricia Jane Cates of Smith Center, Kansas, Terry Dale Cates of Manzanola, Colorado, Mary Wiehl of Olathe, Kansas, Jerry G. Cates of Billings, Montana, Larry Lee Kunkel of Miramar Beach, Florida, Patricia Ann Kunkel Jones and her husband Russell, of Louisville, Kentucky; and by her beloved goddaughter, Sharon Wiley of Weatherford. A host of great nephews, nieces and loving friends and church friends also survive.
Family visitation will be on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Lunn Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lunnfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 8, 2016
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