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Donald Paul Kuntz

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Donald Paul Kuntz, 61, passed away May 8, 2020, at his home in Gaylord, Michigan, surrounded by his family.  He was the oldest son of Paul and Frances Kuntz of Johannesburg, Michigan.

During his life, Don wore many “hats,” son, brother, friend, husband, father, employer, boss, and worker. In all of these, he gave his whole heart. In his “son hat,” he loved his parents without measure and was happy to spend as much time with them as possible. In his “brother hat,” he supported, helped, and loved his siblings. When he became a father, that “hat” was his favorite. He was proud of his girls for their many accomplishments. As a friend, he listened, laughed, and offered a hand when needed.  As an employer, he tried to be fair but firm. He found that this “hat” practically sang when he ran his own flooring business, installing and refinishing hardwood floors. In more risky jobs like oil field driller, tool hand, and fisher, he found this “hat” to be challenging. He wanted everyone to go home safe and sound and still get the job done.  In all of 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, and Ann (Cody) Lupu of Bellevue, Nebraska; mother, Frances (Drake) Kuntz of North Port, Florida; brothers, William (Marilyn) Kuntz of Soldotna, Alaska, and James (Cynthia)Kuntz of Linden, Michigan; sisters, Ann (James) Dreffs of Johannesburg, Michigan, Kathryn (Gene) Plaggemars of Central Lake, Michigan, Heidi Brabb of Lakeport, Michigan, and Holly (Wesley) Atkinson of Johannesburg, Michigan.

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

Graveside services will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Johannesburg on September 13, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., with a wake to follow at Paul’s Pub.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

19 comments on “Donald Paul Kuntz”

  1. Jodie & Tim Samkowiak

    Fran, We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you my friend! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Dee Gutowski-Smith

      Fran, Holly and Family. Sorry seems an inadequate and overly used word. Death is part of life and I am sorry that his life has ended.

      • Fran and Family,

        My thoughts and prayers are with you all at your time of loss.

        I am sure Don is with his dad in heaven . We will all see him again some day.

        • Charmaine Boughner

          Franny and family,
          Donny is gone way to soon
          & will be missed by so many.
          Peace and love ❤️, Charmaine and Dan

          • Granny Michelle and families, Our hearts ache for you all. Sending our thoughts, love, and prayers your way.
            From Bill & Carolyn Drake and Dan & Jan Finn. We all love you

            • Teresa and Jerry Gertiser

              Fran, Ann , Holly and families. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your son and brother. May good memories help soften your grief.

              • Bob and Ruth Schlang

                Our thought’s and love to the family, just heard of about your loss by going to restaurant last night. Lots of good memories with the family. Love to all, Bob and Ruth Schlang

                • Bob and Ruth Schlang

                  So sorry about the loss of your loved one. We just heard last night by going to the restroom. Many years of friendship with the family. Love to all. Bob and Ruth Schlang

                  • Bob and Ruth Schlang

                    So sorry about the loss of your loved one. We just heard last night by going to the restroom. Many years of friendship with the family. Love to all.

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                  • Bob and Ruth Schlang

                    So sorry about the loss of your loved one. Just heard last night by going to “Paul’s Pub” for dinner. Many fond memories with the Kuntz family. Love to all. Bob and Ruth Schlang

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