BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Christian C. Kunzler Jr. died July 20 after a lengthy illness. He was 78. Kunzler served as president of Kunzler & Co. for 40 years. He became chairman of the company in 1999.


 Christian Kunzler Jr.

During his tenure, Kunzler expanded the business into one of the nation’s top 20 leading purveyors of meat products. As sales of Kunzler products outpaced production capacity at the Lancaster plant, Kunzler acquired the Juniata Packing Company in Tyrone, Pa., in 1984. In 1992, he purchased the Meadows Scrapple Company in Duncansville, Pa.

Kunzler attended the Staunton Military Academy in Staunton Va. He served two years in the United States Army before joining Kunzler & Company as a route salesman.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Kunzler to the National Kidney Foundation or charity of choice.