John Franklin Kuntz born April 6, 1940 went home with our Lord on April 29, 2023 at the age of 83 years. He was a man of incredible love for his wife and family. He grew up on a family farm setting in Lyndale, MN. He attended a one-room country schoolhouse until high school at Mound Westonka in Mound, MN. He also graduated from the Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.
Sometime in 1962 he met the love of his life Joan Johanson from the small town of Wells, MN. They were married in 1963 while John was in the US Air Force. They lived in Apple Valley, CA near George Air Force Base and later in Wichita, KS near McConnell Air Force Base. He was proud be on the USAF rifle team. After he was discharged in September 1965, they moved to his childhood home in Lyndale. In June of 1966 a son John was born, and in March 1969 a daughter Emily.
Shortly after returning home, he met George Kass and Bob Cameron around 1967 or ‘68. They formed a friendship that lasted the rest of his life. He is well-known for his years of cartridge collecting with his partner Bob Cameron. This took him and Joan throughout Europe and Australia, and once to Turkey with George Kass.
John’s family was a constant source of pride in his life. Having been laid off from work in the mid ‘70s, he bought cross-country skis for his family so they could spend the winter learning to ski together. He often remarked how proud he was of his son who was selling tractors worth many times more than what his father made in his lifetime. He was in disbelief when his son shot a black bear with his bow and arrow in Ontario, Canada among many other hunting experiences. Likewise, he was amazed to hear his daughter shot edible sea gulls off of a small fishing boat in the Faroe Islands. While visiting his daughter who was an exchange student in Vienna, he was very proud to dance with his wife at the New Year’s Eve Ball in the Hofburg Palace. He loved antiquing and going to garage sales with Joan every weekend later in life, and enjoyed the grandchildren and great grandchildren with her.
John served his community in many ways – city council for 17 years, church board, firearms safety instructor, city planning commission, and many others. John was a hunter and loved the outdoors. He loved to tell stories about the old days of Lyndale.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Joan, son John Edward (Lisa) and daughter Emily (Georgia), grandson John Elias (Amanda), and granddaughters Ellen (Logan) and Christa (Khale), great grandchildren Jack and Norah, sister Ann Graves and nephew Garth (Christine) and their children Zachary, Garrett, and Savannah.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery in Miles City with full military honors. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.