James G. “Chunky” Klunk, 70, of Honey Brook, passed away surrounded by love on Friday, December 27, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia.
Chunky made his grand entrance into the world on April 5, 1949 in West Chester and was the fourth of seven children born to the late Edward C. Klunk and Mildred Klunk. His mother noted in his baby book that he was her largest and most active child, and some things never change. He was preceded in death by siblings Ruth Ann Graveno, Edward Klunk Jr., Kenneth Klunk and John Klunk. He is survived by his sister Susan Fleck and brother William “Tadpole” Klunk. He was formerly married to Rosalinda Klunk (nee Sousa). While he loved spending time with and annoying his siblings, his greatest joy in life was spending time with his favorite daughter Kristen Klunk Cahoon (Christopher) and his favorite granddaughter, Charlotte “Lottie” Cahoon. He was especially loved by his nieces and nephews, though he loved his great nieces and nephews more.
Chunky graduated from Downingtown Senior High School in 1967 where he was an accomplished athlete (which is good considering he was a mediocre student at best). He was Captain of the Football team, Wrestling team and Baseball team and was the first District Wrestling Champion from Downingtown (heavyweight, of course). He was also awarded with All Ches-Mont League honors in Wrestling, Baseball and Football (“both ways!”). He was a member of the Pep Club, Letterman’s Club and Co-Ed Club and voted “Most Athletic” (since “Loudest Mouth” wasn’t an option) by his classmates. Chunky continued to play competitive baseball and golf into adulthood. Earlier this year he was inducted into the Ches-Mont League Hall of Fame which was one of his proudest moments.
Chunky was a lifelong fan and athletic supporter (pun intended) of Downingtown sports and loved to attend as many games as possible. He participated as a coach in several local organizations including the Downingtown Young Whippets and Downingtown Little League. Chunky cherished the many lifelong relationships he created with the young men and women he coached, and of course, was quick to take credit for all their future athletic successes.
Chunky loved life and lived each day to the fullest. He always had a smile on his face and a worn-out joke on his lips. He was a friend to everyone who met him and had a gift for making all who crossed his path feel important, safe and loved. For his last few years on earth, every day that he woke up he had to make the decision to fight to stay alive and for that all his loved ones are grateful. Through all his sickness and pain, he chose to be grateful for the time he had rather than angry or sad. He will be missed by all who knew him, but mostly by his daughter Kristen, who chose to make him proud by using his Obituary as one last opportunity to roast him.
An evening visitation for Chunky will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, January 3rd at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.
A morning visitation will be held on Saturday, January 4th from 8:30 to10 am at St. Joseph Church, 322 Manor Ave., Downingtown where a Celebration of Chunky's Life will take place at 10:30 am.
Interment will be held privately, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Downingtown West Athletics, Attn: C. Sigle, 445 Manor Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335.