Alfred A. Kuntz, age 77, of Waconia, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Alfred was born March 26, 1937 in Watertown Township, son of Alfred A. and Frieda (Hilk) Kuntz. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.
Alfred was united in marriage to Patricia A. Ward at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mound Nov. 16, 1963.
Alfred’s time here on Earth consisted of him filling his friends and family up with love and generosity.
Alfred was part of the VFW and American Legion, and served overseas in the Army.
He was best known for his carpenter skills. He and Floyd started Kuntz Brother Construction in 1971. They built the baptismal fount in church, and were part of building beautiful homes and other projects in Waconia and surrounding cities.
He enjoyed helping people with projects, and could repair or fix anything that people had brought to him.
He loved his family very much. Tricia’s memories of her dad consist of him being at all of her sporting events growing up, and always saying, “yes,” when her mom would say, “no.”
Alfred spoiled his two grandchildren, Samantha and Emma, and never missed an opportunity to brag about how they played in their latest game to his friends and family.
The house he built and the land he owned was very important to him. He spent most of his time in his garage, working on new ways to improve his home.
Everyone knew that he was home when they would drive by and see his car and two tractors parked outside the garage. A lot of friends and family remember Alfred in his white headband, shorts, no shirt on, and sweating.
One of his favorite hobbies was playing his concertina and being part of his concertina club in New Prague. He spent many hours practicing and perfecting his music. You could always spark up a conversation with him by mentioning, “polka,” “Molly B,” or “Kelly Pickler.”
He enjoyed cutting wood with Lyle and Floyd.
His ‘58 Chevy won him numerous awards and was always show-ready.
His greatest enjoyment in the last few years of his life was fishing. He would spend countless hours on the lake with his fishing buddies. He could never have enough jiggle sticks or filet knives.
He will always be remembered by family and friends as a very caring, generous, and passion-filled person.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Frieda Kuntz; and brother, LeRoy Kuntz.
Alfred is survived by his loving family, wife, Pat; daughter, Tricia (Chad) Stender of Winsted; granddaughters, Samantha Stender, Emma Stender; brothers, Floyd (Betty) Kuntz of Waconia, Lyle (LaVonne) Kuntz of Mayer; sisters, Delphine (Cliff) Zellmann of Norwood Young America, Ilene (Charlie) Dietzelof Cologne, Cherilyn (Jim) Luke of Mayer; sister-in-law and husband Marion (Gene) Streachek of Glencoe; brother-in-law Greg Ward of Montrose, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sharron (Brad) Landsman of Mound; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Casket bearers were Steve Kuntz, Dave Kuntz, Brian Kuntz, Todd Kuntz, LeRoy Kuntz, and Craig Wachholz.
A funeral service took place Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 601 East 2nd Street in Waconia, with Rev. Phil Wagner officiating. Visitation took place Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements were with Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.