George Kunz, 97, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Loveland, Colorado on January 19, 2020. He was born in Cuba on August 22, 1922 to John Kunz and Gunhild Berge. He lived there on his father's sugar cane farm until he was 14, at which time he moved with his brother to their uncle's farm in Missouri to attend high school. After graduation, he joined the Navy. He received pilot training and flew B24s for a photography squadron during WWII. After the war, he attended George Washington University, where he studied international trade, was a member of SAE fraternity, and participated in basketball and track. He attended classes for four years until he was called back from the reserves to serve during the Korean War.
While in the Navy, he met Virginia Burkhalter of Jacksonville, Florida and they were married January 19, 1951, He served 22 years in the military, 11 years of active duty and 11 years reserve. He became a commercial pilot for National Airlines and settled in Miami, Florida. He felt blessed to have a career doing what he loved so much. After retirement, George and Virginia moved to Yalaha, Florida, where they were active members of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg. He was married to Virginia for over 50 years, and enjoyed good times with friends and family, church activities and living in their house on Lake Harris. After Virginia's passing, he married Corinne Larsen, and became a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church of Leesburg. After Corinne passed away, he moved to Loveland, Colorado to be closer to family.
George was a member of the Mahi Shriners, Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Jesters, Airline Pilots Association, Orchid Society of Miami, and recent member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Leesburg. He enjoyed traveling, music, singing in church choirs, gardening, golfing and fishing. He travelled extensively in the military, as a pilot, and with family. George was led by his Christian faith and strong convictions, always placing others needs before his own. He was a considerate, patient, and generous father and husband. He touched many lives even in his final years. May his last flight Heaven Bound be fair of wind and free from turbulence.
He was preceded in death by both of his wives, two brothers, and a sister. He is survived by a brother Charles Kunz, of Monteverde, Florida, two daughters, Karen Kunz of Beverly Hills, Florida, and Kristina Foster of Loveland, Colorado, four grandchildren, Clint (and wife Kristen), Kalen, Kyle, and Chelsea Foster all of Colorado, and two great-grandchildren, Anya and Troy Foster. He will be missed dearly by his family.
A memorial service is being held at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland, Colorado on Friday, January 24 at 3:00 pm. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida on Monday, Jan 27 at 2:00 pm. Donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse in his memory.