Wayne Kunz

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Wayne L. Kunz, 89, of Smithton, IL, born September 9, 1930, in Smithton, IL, died Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Mr. Kunz was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local #520.  He was a member of the Smithton Turner Society and St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.  A United States Army veteran, Wayne was a member of the Smithton American Legion Post 790.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially Saturday trips to his clubhouse where he enjoyed splitting wood and net fishing and hunting. He could repair almost anything and preferred tinkering in his outdoor shed. He was an avid horseshoe pitcher and enjoyed attending auctions. He loved watching his granddaughters play sports and Cardinals baseball.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Roy C. and Marie L., nee Rausch, Kunz; and a sister, Wanda Lee Harris.

Surviving are  his wife of almost 63 years, Karlene M., nee Schaefer, Kunz, whom he married on June 27, 1957;
a daughter, Sandra Kay (Charles) Busch of Waterloo, IL;
three grandchildren, Caitlin, Kristen, and Megan Busch;
a brother-in-law, Omar Jr. (Carolyn) Harris;
two nephews, Todd (Teresa) Harris, and Taff (Vicki) Harris;
three great-nephews, Logan Harris, Luke Harris, and Seth Harris;
and several cousins.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral:  Cremation services were accorded, and burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Smithton, IL.


8 Comments on Wayne Kunz

Carol Warren Hermann said : Guest Report Jun 18, 2020 at 12:44 AM

I haven't seen Wayne since Wanda passed away, I have very fond memories of your entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  • Springfield
  • Missouri
Carol Kunz said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2020 at 12:42 PM

My sincere condolences to your family. Phil often talked about the good old day when Wayne included him on fishing trips to the clubhouse. He thought a lot about those days. Sorry we lost touch.

  • Carlyle
  • IL
Mark and Kim forcade said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2020 at 1:57 PM

Karlene,Sandra and families, we were very sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. I would come to him to fix my mechanical problems. He was a very good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please except our sympathy. Sincerely, mark and kim

  • Smithton
  • Il
American Legion Post 937 Smithton said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2020 at 2:13 PM

Sincere sympathy, thoughts & prayers for our fellow comrade Wayne and his family. American Legion GEM Post 937 Smithton

  • Smithton
  • IL
Susan H Wilson said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2020 at 1:32 PM

I've such fond memories visiting Wayne and Karlene's house when growing up. Wayne was a very quiet man who managed to speak his mind in a gentle way. My condolences to the family~~Susan Hoelscher Wilson

  • Carbondale
  • IL
Donna Wiskamp said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2020 at 12:25 PM

Sandy, I'm sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May you find comfort during this difficult time.

  • Marissa
  • IL
DE BI BOEVING said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2020 at 9:25 AM

Sandy I was so sorry to hear about your dad passing away. He is a big part of my growing up. He was such a great man to have as a neighbor and as a friend. I really missed him at the fish fries at Turner Hall. He and Delmar Brandenburger were great to work with. Missed them both. You take after your dad. Quiet and very sweet natured.

  • IL
Rick Haas said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2020 at 6:13 AM

Our deepest sympathies to Karlene, Sandy and her family. Sue and I got to know Wayne in his later years, and he was a gem. Although we lost touch when he entered the nursing home, I think about him every time I pass his house, have trouble with my chain saw, pass the horseshoe pit at the Sportsman's Club, and every time someone mentions a "clubhouse". I could spend hours talking to him except for the fact that he mainly listened. He was a kind, soft spoken man, and always a gentleman. A wonderful man now gone.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois

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