Lynn R. “Chip” Dunckel, 92, Defiance, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday morning, June 1, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Delaware, Ohio.
Lynn was born February 24, 1927, to Grover and Helen (Hamilton) Dunckel in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1952, he married Mary (Southwick) Dunckel, who preceded him in death on April 8, 2010.
Lynn was a faithful member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and a past lay minister. He graduated from Kent State with a bachelor of science degree, and earned his master’s degree in education administration from the University of Toledo. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was assigned to the Naval Bureau in Arlington, Va. He was recalled by the Army during the Korean Conflict, and chosen by his class as its chairperson. During his tour in France, he was assigned payroll officer, Special Services officer and weapons instructor, and was a company commander.
Lynn was a junior high math teacher and coach at Wauseon School, and a principal with Defiance City Schools at Slocum Elementary. He was the junior high principal, assistant superintendent, head of five elementary schools and director of federal programs for public and parochial schools. Upon his retirement in 1981, Lynn was appointed executive director of the Red Cross of Defiance County and executive director of the United Way of Defiance County.
He was a member of American Legion Post 117, Defiance Area Foundation and YMCA board, and past president of Defiance City Education Association and Defiance Retired Teachers’ Association. He enjoyed his involvement with the Northwesternaires Barbershop Chorus and Defiance Area Antique Car Club. Lynn was elected to Who’s Who in American Education in 1973, and given the title “Editor Emeritas” of Rotary. Lynn was very proud of his children and their accomplishments. He will be sadly missed by his family and many good friends and colleagues.
Lynn is survived by two daughters, Cindy Dunckel and Lori (Dale) Miller, all of Delaware, Ohio; a son, Scott (Mary) Dunckel of Perrysburg, Ohio; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his sister, Jill Uzell of Florida.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary L. Dunckel; daughter, Karen Joost; and sister, Bonnie Brajdich.
Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert L. Fry officiating. Burial will take place at Riverview Memory Gardens, with graveside military rites accorded by VFW Post 3360.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ohio Health Hospice of Marion, Ohio, or St. Paul’s Food Pantry. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.