John Lloyd Kuntz, 1924-2004


John Lloyd Kuntz of Oak Creek, Colo., died March 13, 2004 at Doak Walker Care Center. He was 79.

Kuntz was born April 24, 1924 in Oak Creek, Colo., to Michael and Nona (Whitecotton) Kuntz.

Kuntz was raised and attended school in Oak Creek. He married Wilma Lane in Oak Creek on Oct. 3, 1953. He was a Veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He worked as a dragline operator in the coal mines. He enjoyed fishing, pitching horseshoes and watching his grandkids play sports. He played the piano at area dances and was a lifetime member of the Oak Creek Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and was a member of the Oak Creek Volunteer Fire Dept and the United Mine Workers of America.

Kuntz was survived by his wife, Wilma Kuntz of Oak Creek; daughters Darla Trujillo of Yampa, Sharon Steele of Hayden, Debbie Kuntz of Eaton, and Liana VanDenHeuvel of Grand Junction; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Montieth of Oak Creek; a brother, William Kuntz of Oak Creek; and many nieces and nephews.

Kuntz was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Glen, a sister, Mary, and an infant son.

Services were March 17, 2004 at Soroco High School Gymnasium in Oak Creek, with Tom Harves officiating.

Selections were "Somebody's Praying" and "Amazing Grace" by Lindsay Kuntz, "Daddy's Hands" by Lynde Sales, and "In the Garden" by Shai Engle.

Honorary pallbearers were Jonathon, Bobby, Butchie, Eric, Eddy, Briana, Alicia, and Lynde.

Services were concluded at the school.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

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