Roger McKichan Kunkel, property developer, manager

Posted: January 02, 2014

Roger McKichan Kunkel, 66, of Moorestown, a property developer and manager who once owned a leather-goods store in Philadelphia, died Saturday, Dec. 28, of brain cancer at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center in Mount Holly.

His wife, Jean Ann Turner Kunkel, said Mr. Kunkel was "a very smart, intellectual, complicated man with a great sense of humor."

He owned McKichan Design Leather Goods on Second Street between Lombard and Pine Streets from 1970 to 1981. He designed some of the products he sold, including high-end coats, vests, and pants.

Mr. Kunkel was born in Princeton and grew up in various places, including on a family farm in Bucks County and in Germany. His father was an executive in the Boy Scouts, and Mr. Kunkel attained the Eagle Scout rank.

He graduated from Moorestown High School in 1966 and earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of South Carolina.

He and his wife lived in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia for 18 years. He was active with the Queen Village Neighbors Association.

They later moved to Moorestown. "I was mugged. He was mugged," his wife said. It was "time to get out of the city."

Mr. Kunkel became director of properties for the nonprofit organization MEND, which promotes affordable housing in Burlington County.

He was active with Boy Scout Troop 61 in Burlington County from 1989 to 2012. He was a dedicated runner, a European race-car enthusiast, and an extra and small-part actor in movies.

In addition to his wife of 42 years, Mr. Kunkel is survived by a son, Roger Jr., and a sister. His son also became an Eagle Scout.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Rd., Moorestown. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the church.

Contributions may be made to the Roger Kunkel Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, Boy Scouts of Burlington County, 693 Rancocas-Mount Holly Rd., Westampton, N.J. 08060.

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