1928 - May 16, 2008
Oak Creek resident Bill Kuntz died May 16, 2008, at his home. He was 79.
William Donald Kuntz was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Oak Creek, to Michael and Nona (Whitecotton) Kuntz.
Bill grew up in Routt County, where he attended the Cow Creek, Deer Park and Lower Oak Creek schools, as well as Oak Creek Union High School.
When Bill was 17, with his parents' permission, he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country for more than 20 years, including in the Korean and Vietnam wars. During his years of service, he was on seven different ships and traveled the U.S. and the world several times. He retired from the Navy in 1968 as Chief Gunners Mate.
After Bill left the Navy, he returned to Oak Creek and eventually bought the Elks Tavern, which he owned for many years. After he sold the Elks, he worked in the hay fields and also was employed by the Routt County Road and Bridge Department, from which he retired after 15 years.
Bill was an avid fisherman and loved to gamble, whether at the casinos or with his family and friends.
Bill is survived by his sister, Shirley Montieth, of Oak Creek, and her husband, Ed; sisters-in-law, Bette Kuntz, of Steamboat Springs and Wilma Kuntz, of Fruita; daughter, Betty Ann Milano, and her husband, Lee, of Las Vegas; one grandson; eighteen nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; three aunts; and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Paxton, brothers Boze (Glenn) and John Kuntz, and one grandson.
Services were held Friday at the Oak Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave. in Craig.