Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Obit of Frank B. Kuntz

Morris: Mr. Frank B. Kuntz, 102, of Monticello, Ill., and formerly of Strawn, Chatsworth, Morris, and Urbana, Ill., passed away peacefully at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Piatt County Nursing Home in Monticello, Ill.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth, 510 South 4th Street, Chatsworth, with Pastor David Reynolds officiating. A visitation will be held from 11a.m. until the hour of the service Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Mr. Kuntz was born Dec. 14, 1909, on a farm west of Sibley, Ill., a son of Albert M.and Selma E. (Schroen) Kuntz. He married Leona Marie Falck on Oct. 16, 1937, in Paxton, Ill. She passed away on Oct. 29, 1999.
His surviving children are James (Rolande) Kuntz of Newark, Ill., Gary (Judy) Kuntz of Morris, Ill., Jane (Anthony) Trotto of Wood Dale, Ill., and Janice (Ted) Gill of Monticello, Ill. His son David (Sally) Kuntz of Glen Ellyn, Ill., passed away Jan. 15, 2005.
He has 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren who also survive.
Besides his wife and son, he was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, and three brothers.
Mr. Kuntz received a B.S. in Education in 1933 and M.Ed. in 1952 from the University of Illinois. He taught and coached in elementary schools and high schools in Thawville, Chatsworth, and Morris, Ill., until June 1972, when he retired to Urbana.
He served as a Major in the United States Army from 1941 until 1946, including in the European Theatre during WWII for 39 months. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1969.
He was a life member of the Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613 in Chatsworth, American Legion Post 294 in Morris, and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 630 in Urbana. He was a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, Exchange Club of Urbana, Champaign County Retired Teachers Association, Chatsworth Masonic Lodge 539, and Bloomington Consistory.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Urbana. He enjoyed gardening, reading, bird watching and sports, especially the Illini and Cubs. He never saw the Cubs win a World Series. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be dearly missed.

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