Donald Paul Kuntz, 61 passed away May 8 in his home in Gaylord, Michigan surrounded by his family.

He was the oldest son of Paul and Franny Kuntz of Johannesburg, Michigan.

In his lifetime, Don wore many hats, son, brother, friend, husband, father, employer, boss, worker. In all of these, he gave his whole heart.

In his son hat, he loved his parents without measure and was happy to be able to spend as much time with them as he could. In his brother hat, he supported, helped, and loved all of his siblings. When he became a father, that hat was his favorite. He was very proud of all his girls for their many accomplishments. As a friend, he listened, laughed, and offered a hand when it was needed.

As an Employer, he tried to be fair but firm. He found this hat practically sung when he ran his own business, installing and refinishing hardwood flooring. In more risky jobs like oil field driller, tool hand, and fisher, he found this hat challenge. He always wanted everyone to go home safe and sound and still get the job done.

In all these different hats, he was loved and gave love.

He is survived by his wife Michelle (Miller) of Gaylord, Michigan; daughters Lacey Kuntz of Underwood, North Dakota, Heather (Ryan) Summers of Carpio, North Dakota, Ann (Cody ) of Bellevue, Nebraska; mother Francis (Drake) Kuntz of North Port, Florida; brothers William (Marilyn) Kuntz of Soldotna, Alaska, James (Cynthia) of Linden, Michigan; sisters Ann (James) Dreffs of Johannesburg, Michigan, Kathryn (Gene) of Central Lake, Michigan, Heidie Brabb of Lakeport, Michigan, and Holly (Wesley) Atkinson of Johannesburg, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Kuntz.

Graveside service will be at 11:00 am at Mount New Hope in Johannesburg on September 13, 2020, with wake to follow at Paul’s Pub.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.  www.nelsonsfuneralhome.com