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Francis Kunz

March 26, 2019

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Francis Joseph Kunz, born February 16, 1937 in Chicago IL, died on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Lynchburg Va.

He is preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life, Joan (Milkent) Kunz.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Ann Chwaszczewski of El Cajon CA & Loretta Molter of Tinley Park IL; a sister-in-law, Juanita Pflueger of Salem WI; four daughters, Theresa Waddell (Scott) of Lynchburg, Christine Geilfuss (Steven) of Stuttgart, Germany, Susan Graham of Kenosha, Cecelia Valentine (Richard) of Menomonee Falls WI; nine grandchildren & five great-grandchildren, Derek Waddell, Elisabeth Dewitt (Brandon), Kenda & Dakota Dewitt, Claire Born (Nicholas), Rose Born, Alec Geilfuss, Ava Geilfuss, Melissa Kunz-Owens, Brett & Bryce Sark, Kyle Kohnke, Nate Valentine, and Sam Valentine.

He was an Army veteran having served in Alaska where his passion for flying began, followed by a 37-year career with WI Bell telephone company. He was a longtime resident of Kenosha WI & active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. His love of all things airplane led him to become an aerobatic instructor & EAA Airventure yearly attendee. He was an accomplished landscape artist. His greatest moments were spent with his wife, ballroom dancing (Johnny Kaye groupies), tandem bicycle riding, and traveling. He was a member of WI Pioneers, Kenosha Ramblers camping club, Sweet Cheeks tandem club, and the Campbell Co. Senior Bingo group.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg, Va. with visitation from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 7400 39th AV, Kenosha WI with visitation at 10 a.m., Mass at 11:00 a.m., & reception in Bell Hall following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances can be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

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