In memory of
RICHARD LEO KUNZ
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In memory of
RICHARD LEO KUNZ
Rocky Kunz was born in Indianapolis, IN. He was the third child of Raymond and Frieda Kunz. He graduated from Cathedral High School and attended Purdue University before volunteering in 1960, for the first Peace Corps group to have left the United States. He spent two years in Gramalote, Colombia. Upon his return, he enrolled in the school of Civil Engineering to complete his degree at Purdue University, graduating "cum laude" in 1966. In the same year he married the love of his life, Gloria Patrick, and they began their exciting life. Over the next 40 years, he enjoyed working on numerous projects including Lock and Dam #7 in Little Rock, AR; Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant in Omaha, NE; three subway stations in Washington, D.C.; Kerkoff Underground Electric Power Plant in Auberry, CA; Balsam Meadow Electric Power Plant in Shaver, CA; the Red Line Subway in Los Angeles, CA; and the Ring Road and Tunnel in Izmir, Turkey. He ended his heavy construction career as Vice President of the International Division of Dillingham Construction. He particularly enjoyed working with and mentoring young engineers. He frequently quoted Mark Twain and said he so loved his job that he never worked a day in his life. After retiring, he continued "putsying" around the house, volunteering with the California Highway Patrol, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Valley Care Hospital. He and his wife Gloria moved into the Terraces of San Joaquin in Fresno, CA in 2013, to be near their two daughters. There Rocky continued to volunteer, organizing activities, welcoming new residents, championing the "Successful Living" program, and the Fresno State Inter-relational University Program. Gloria and Rocky's life was as full, as active and as enjoyable in retirement as it had always been! The family is most grateful for the care, professionalism and knowledge of the team members at the Terraces, who were so dedicated and loving to him during his short illness. Rocky is survived by his soul mate Gloria; and his loving and loved children and their spouses, Dr. Ann-Maura Cervantes and her husband Christopher, Karl W. Kunz and his wife Marcie, and Heidi C. Kunz; grandchildren, Abbey Loren Kunz, Drake Patrick Cervantes, and Pierce Kenrich Kunz have also been a source of joy and love for him; his sister, Carol Ann; brother, Ronald and his wife Ann; and his many nieces and nephews join us in celebrating a life well lived and a soul most tender and kind. A German Celebration of Life will be held in the Tolladay Theater at the Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the College Scholarshiip Fund for Team Members working at the Terraces. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns and Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw Way, Fresno, California (559)227-4048
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