Donald ‘DON’ Kuntz, 74, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away surrounded by the never ending love of his family on Monday, June 10, 2019.
Donald ‘DON’ Kuntz, 74, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away surrounded by the never ending love of his family on Monday, June 10, 2019. Don was born March 2, 1945, to Katherine (Lemer) and Walter Kuntz in Devils Lake. He attended school at St Joes, St Mary’s Academy and Devils Lake Central. 1963 – 1965 he attended Aakers Business College. Don married Carol Hammond, Sept. 7, 1966. From 1965-66 Don worked for Attorney, David Garcia. In April 1966, Don drove taxi for Finley Agar and later purchased and operated ‘Don’s Taxi Service’ until 1976. In July 1977, he went full time with the Lake Region Ambulance Service and was a dedicated EMT until 1990, in which due to physical limitations, he had to change careers. In 1991, Don started at Mercy Hospital as patient admit, later transferring to the business office until in 2008 he was forced to retire. Don often held numerous other jobs in addition to his full-time jobs. He also worked as the gaming manager for the LR Ambulance, attendant at Holiday Gas station and did the books for Glickson’s and then Jerry’s Wearhouse. Don was a dedicated member of EMT Association and also of Devils Lake St Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was a faithful reader of ‘The New Earth’ and kept us all up on the ‘Catholic’ news. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, bringing his loved ones on his Pontoon, tinkering and fixing on cars and many projects especially those for his kids and grandkids. He’s always had a passion for sports, a love/hate with the VIKINGS but especially TWINS baseball and every year would gather his girls and whatever friends and pile in the van for the annual Twins/Valley Fair trip! Don’s daughters, sons-in-law, and grandkids were the highlight and loves of his life. His face would light up the sky when they would come visit him. All his daughter’s friends were “dad’s” kids as well. He had a way to make anyone feel special. Don had a special ‘LOVE’ story and was an inspiration to many. Dealt with a crippling disease, you never heard him complain or did it stop him from accomplishing many things. This past year was a year of many gifts blessed from above. There was never a “thing” too big for him or our GOD and he fought like heck to remain here with his family. He taught us all to fight up to the end. He will be dearly missed. Those sharing in his life are; mother of the girls, Carol Kuntz; daughters, Sue Olson, (Fargo, ND), Valerie and (Eric) Karlsbraaten, (Esmond, ND), Jody and (Don) Skadsem, (Devils Lake), Carrie and (Jeff) Trenda, (Petersburg, ND), and Stacy and (Kyle) Sabbe, (Maddock, ND); grandchildren; Josh and (Bree) Kuntz, Tyler and (Michelle) Karlsbraaten, Brandon and (Laura Anderson), Brittany Olson, Kayla Karlsbraaten, Breanna Olson, Courtney Skadsem, Aaron Trenda, Jayden Olson, Ethan Karlsbraaten, Kylie, Kaytlin, Carlee, Colton Skadsem, Brody, Keaton, and Kinsley Sabbe; great-grandchildren, Joslyn and Braelyn Kuntz, Xadrian Olson and Jaydee Karlsbraaten; and one Karlsbraaten on the way!; brother, John and (Nancy) Kuntz; sister, Theresa and (Clayton) Overbo; Special Caregiver, Janie Luehring; and many nephews and nieces whom he also loved dearly. Don was preceded in death by; his parents; sister, Beatrice and (Lyle) Bracken; brothers, Walter ‘Curly’ Kuntz and Tom Kuntz; mother-in-law and father-in-law, James and Jean Hammond. Mass of Christian Burial for Don will be on Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake with the Very Reverend C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 17 at St. Joseph Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. with a Rosary, Scripture Service and Time of Remembrance at 7 p.m. Don is in the care of the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake.