Charles "Chuck" J. Kunz

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2001

Homer resident Charles "Chuck" J. Kunz died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at his home. He was 77.

A celebration of his life will be held in the spring with the time to be announced at a later date.

Mr. Kunz was born Dec. 18, 1923, in Kellogg, Idaho. He attended Fresno State College in California. He graduated with a bachelor's degree and magna cum laude status. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged.

Mr. Kunz moved to Alaska in 1946 and worked for the Alaska Railroad from 1946 to 1950. From 1955 to 1964, he was a rancher on his Homer homestead.

He then worked as a commercial fisherman in Kodiak from 1965 to 1968. After working in Kodiak, he then worked as a high school history and English teacher from 1971 to 1974. After working as a teacher, he worked from 1975 to 1983, for the Afognak Logging Company.

He enjoyed beachcombing, rock collecting, reading, outdoor life and driving across the United States.

"His friends and neighbors will remember his willingness to help with many projects, his keen sense of humor and especially his kindness to animals. He especially enjoyed reading and challenging his mind. His daughters will treasure his dedication to his family, especially his grandchildren. All who knew him were inspired by his example of honesty and goodness towards others," his family said.

Mr. Kunz is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Jocelyn and Jay McCollum, of Kenai, and Claudia and Peter Richter, of Escondido, Calif.; grandchildren, Jordan and Cole McCollum and Kristen and Monica Richter; brother and sister-in-law John and Verna Kunz of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Homer Animal Shelter at 4060 Heath Street, Homer, AK 99603.

Arrangements were made by the Homer Funeral Home.

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