In memory of
Richard Leo (Rocky) Kunz
Richard (Rocky) Leo Kunz March 23, 1940 - October 6, 2016 Rocky Kunz was born in Indianapolis, Indiana; 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 forty years he enjoyed working on numerous projects including: Lock and Dam #7 in Little Rock, Arkansas, Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant in Omaha, Nebraska, three subway stations in Washington, D.C., Kerkoff Underground Electric Power Plant, Auberry, Calif., Balsam Meadow Electric Power Plant, Shaver, Calif., the Red Line Subway, Los Angeles, Calif. 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, California, 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! Rocky is survived by his soul mate, Gloria and his loving and loved children and their spouses: Dr. Ann-Maura Cervantes (Christopher), Karl W. Kunz (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 (Ann) and his many nieces and nephews join us in celebrating a life well-lived and a soul most tender and kind. 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. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for the family on October 21st in Fresno and a German Celebration of Life will be held the next day for friends in the Tolladay Theater at the Terraces from 11:00 to 1:30. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of one's choice or the Little Sisters of The Poor, 2345 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260-1905.
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