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Founder Thomas J. Dunkel (1847-1926) spent his early
years in Bellefonte, Pa. and was elected as the Centre
County Sheriff in 1881 to 1884. Following an appointment
by President Cleveland as the 19th district Revenue
Collector he moved to Bell Township in Jefferson County
with his wife Elizabeth and three boys, Robert, Malcolm
and Fred. In 1896, from the back of a horse drawn wagon
with ladders on the side boards, they started a business
painting bridges and roofs. By 1916 they moved to 307
Greenwood Ave. Punxsutawney, Pa. where they
continued to expand the roofing business and it is still in
After the death of Thomas' son Robert (1887-1909) in a
hunting accident, his other sons' Malcolm Byard Dunkel
Sr. (1890-1977) and Fred F. Dunkel soon took over the
family business. Fred became ill at age 40 with multiple
sclerosis in 1930 but continued to help with the business
till his death in 1944. M.B. Dunkel Sr. was now the sole
owner of Dunkel Roofing Co. He and his wife Alma
(Daisher) had three children, two daughters and one son
Malcolm Byard Dunkel Jr. born in 1930 (aka Bud). Bud Jr.
graduated from Penn State University. and served as a jet
pilot in the air force until his dad retired from the roofing
business in 1956, at which time Jr. took over. By now the
company had become a household name in the
Punxsutawney area. Bud Jr. retired in 1991 at which time
his sons Thomas A. Dunkel (secretary) and Douglas B.
Dunkel (president) purchased the business and
incorporated. In 1989 Bud’s third son Kevin L. Dunkel
settled in to the business, now employed as an estimator.
The three brothers now work together as fourth
Malcom B. Dunkel, Sr.
Malcom B. Dunkel, Jr.
175 Years of Roofing Experience
Doug Dunkel, Sam Hanley,
Tom Dunkel & Mike Brudnock
887 S. Main Street Ext.
Punxsutawney, PA 15767