Wayne Oneal Kunz passed away on Feb. 1, 2014 from an acute illness. He was born to Eliza Aseneth Bacon and Oneal Rudger Kunz on Nov. 21, 1932. He was the sixth child, third son of Aseneth and Oneal. He was born in Montpelier, and grew up in Bern. He was one of the nine boys born in Bern in the year 1932, known as the “Bern Bandits”.
He married Olive Mae Hunter on Dec. 5, 1952 and to this union was born seven children; Daniel Wayne Kunz, deceased, (Sue) Montpelier; Michael Oneal Kunz, deceased, (Judy), Montpelier; Luann Kunz Transtrum (Kenneth) Morgan, Utah; Bret Dewayne Kunz (Marti), Montpelier; Karla Lynn Stumpp (Steven) West Haven, Utah; Sharon Asenath Dimick, Pocatello; Julie K Pugmire (Boyd), Franklin. Wayne and Olive would later divorce in 1998.
Wayne had a love for horses; he chariot raced with his brother Vernal. He was a great farmer and rancher. He managed his money very well, and was very careful with his money, which was amazing for the limited amount of formal education that he received. He always tried to prepare for the future. This could have been a result from not having a lot growing up, as he was born during the depression. He was known for his collection of coats, at one time having over 100; he said that he was cold as a kid, and would never be cold again, and that he was not. He also would collect boots.
He was in business with his brother Vernal running the Cream O’ Weber milk business. They would do home delivery as well as businesses. He was also involved in raising cattle with his father, Oneal, and his brother Vernal. The partnership would eventually break up leaving Wayne with farming and ranching.
Wayne also worked for the city of Montpelier, and water master for irrigation, but his heart remained with his farm, which eventually would become fractured and divided causing him to take an early retirement. The farm and cattle would be a place where many family members would be involved to include his father, Oneal, his oldest son, Danny, his brothers Melvin and Vernal, and his brother-in-law Dale who would travel from California to help bring in the harvest of the grain. His children and grandchildren would all have experiences on the farm, which would often bring fond memories.
He would travel back and forth from Montpelier to Ogden to stay with his daughter, Karla and her family, where he eventually would reside. He made many friends at Union Gardens, many of whom would express their concern when he became ill.
One of the highlights of his life was when his five year old granddaughter, Tabitha Lin Stumpp, would sing to him in public “Grandpa, Tell Me About the Good Ol’ Days”. They would be found traveling around the Bear Lake Valley, Cache Valley and Pocatello to many audiences to hear her sing this to him. It would be his request and a reminder several times throughout his life that she was to sing this one last time to him at his funeral.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Oma Northup (Dale), Edith Rasmussen (Robert), and brothers Vernal Kunz (Mildred); Melvin Kunz (Velda), three nephews and one niece.
The family would like to thank Thatcherbrook Rehabilitation Center in Clearfield, Utah for the great care they gave Wayne while he was there for a short time to include administration, the therapists who were so patient, nurses and the aides, who he tried to share his meals with.
Funeral services will be held in the Montpelier First/Fourth Ward building at noon on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 with a viewing for friends and family from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 am. Interment will be in the Montpelier, City Cemetery.Wayne Kunz RGB
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