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Raymond N. Kunz 1919-2014

January 14, 2014
Emmetsburg News

A Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond Kunz of Emmetsburg was held Saturday, Jan. 11, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.

Burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Nicholas Kunz, the son of Leonard and Mae (Koeller) Kunz was born Sept. 20, 1919, in Ellington Township. He received his education in Mallard.

On June 9, 1965, he was united in marriage to Donna Gates. They had one son, David. During World War II, Ray left the Mallard area and enlisted in the United States Army with the 80th Field Artillery Battalion, Batter A. Most of his army years were served in the Philippines (Luzon), New Guinea and Hawaii. Ray received an honorable discharge from the army on Oct. 27, 1945.

Ray had several different careers after his military career, including being a shoe repairman. Ray loved to travel, and this led to his career as a delivery driver for Winnebago Motorhomes based in Forest City. Ray's job at Winnebago allowed him to travel to almost every state in the United States. Ray's love of driving allowed him to visit family and friends all over America and take his wife and son with him on many of his journeys.

Ray was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 2295 in Emmetsburg and helped the V.F.W. whenever possible.

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, Ray passed away at the Lakeside Lutheran Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: Harold, Howard, Elmer, Vincent and Leo; and a sister, Coletta Currans.

He is survived by his wife, Donna of Emmetsburg; two sons: Ray Jr. II and his wife, Kristyn of Austin, TX and David Kunz and his wife, LeAnn, of Washington, IA; three brothers: Leonard Kunz of Yuma, AZ, LeRoy Kunz of Emmetsburg and Richard Kunz of Emmetsburg; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to: V.F.W. Post 2295 in Emmetsburg; Lakeside Lutheran Home; or the Alzheimer's Association.

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