Carl Heinrich Muendel, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died on April 22 at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, Delaware.

Carl was born in 1930 in New York, NY, the only child of the late Curt Ferdinand Muendel and Luise Hagemeister Muendel, both recent immigrants from Germany. After his father’s early death, he and his mother lived briefly in Germany but returned permanently to the US before the Second World War. Carl received an Eng.Sci.D. at Columbia University in 1959 and worked as a chemical engineer at DuPont for his entire career, retiring in 1992 as Technical Service Manager for Engineering and Product Safety.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Renate Muendel; three children, Christopher Arico-Muendel (Dianne) of Brookline, MA, Martin Muendel (Hannah) of Oakland, CA, and Anne Muendel of Guyton, GA; and four grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son Carl Bernhard, and infant twin boy and girl.

Carl had a lifelong passion for mineral and stamp collecting, was an active member of the Delaware Mineralogical Society, and also served in Meals on Wheels and Read Aloud Delaware during his retirement. He maintained close ties to his relatives in Germany and travelled there extensively. Carl was a man of strong faith and moral convictions; his modesty, kindness, and intellect will be treasured and dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE, on Saturday May 6 at 11:00 AM, followed by a reception. Interment at Longwood Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Ronald MacDonald House,