Shelby  County  Indiana


Glen  E.  George  &  Son  Funeral  Home
January 2014
          Stanley E. Kuntz,  83, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Major Hospital.  He was born Oct. 31, 1930, to  Fred Kuntz and  Florine (Wendling) Kuntz  in Shelby County.  He married  Shirley (Pickett) Kuntz  on June 24, 1955, and she survives in Shelbyville.
          Other survivors include son,  Todd Kuntz  and wife,  Rebecca, of Waldron; brothers:  Charles Kuntz  and wife,  Marie, of Shelbyville;  Paul Kuntz  of Greensburg; and  Garnet Kuntz  and wife,  Trudy, of Westport; sister,  Ruth Denson  and husband,  Kenneth, of San Diego, Calif.; granddaughter,  Jennifer Whamsley and husband, Benjamin;  granddaughter,  Janeen Burkhart  and husband, Tom; and great-grandchildren,  Addy and Luke Wamsley  and  Ethan and Emma Burkhart.  He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers,  Melvin,  Shirley,  Fred Jr.,  Maurice  and  John Kuntz; and one sister,  Kathryn Firsich.
          Mr. Kuntz was a lifetime resident of the area. He attended Waldron High School.  He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  In earlier years he had worked for Fox Well Drilling for many years.  He then worked for Taylor Summerford Land Surveying for several years.  He was a truck driver for Kibbler Trucking Co. of Indianapolis for 32 years.  He was an active member of Lewis Creek Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon and sang in the choir.  Mr. Kuntz was a member of American Legion Post #70, Norristown F&AM Masonic Lodge #147, Scottish Rite, Eastern Star #28 and Blue River Lions Club.
          Stanley loved fishing, camping, hunting mushrooms and being involved in church activities.  He loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren.  He spent many hours working with Shirley's father on the farm.
          Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, Shelbyville, IN 46176. Masonic rites will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Lewis Creek Baptist Church, 5998 S. State Road 9 in Shelby County, with the Rev. Steve Wilson officiating.  Burial will be at Lewis Creek Baptist Cemetery. A graveside military service will be presented by local veterans.  Memorial contributions may be made to Lewis Creek Baptist Choir in care of the funeral home.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
March 10, 2001
Claris “Pat” Wilmer Kuntz, 84, of Greensburg, a former Shelbyville resident, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg.
Born July 15, 1916, in Shelby County, d/o  Oscar and Florence (Swinford) Hawkins.
Married Casper Wilmer Sr., and he preceded her in death on April 21, 1964.  Married  Joseph Kuntz, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 1981.
Survivors include two sons, Norbert Wilmer  and  Casper Wilmer Jr., both of Greensburg; four daughters, Mrs. Denby (Sherry) Israel  of Burney,  Mrs. Roger (Marianna) Beckett  and  Mrs. Ronald (Katie) Ledford, both of Greensburg, and  Mrs. Tom (Martha) Sneed  of Hartsville; two stepdaughers,  Mrs. Carl (Margaret) Kroger  of Greensburg and  Mrs. John (Rita) Veerkamp  of Shelbyville; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Doris) Harrison  of Greensburg; 15 grandchildren; 16 stepgrandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 22 stepgreat-grandchildren; and several stepgreat-great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin Hawkins  and  Melvin Hawkins; two stepsons, Charles Wilmer  and  Lowell Wilmer; one sister, Lois Baylis;  five grandchildren; one stepgrandson; and one great-granddaughter.
Graduated  from Flat Rock High School.
Homemaker and owned and operated Pat’s Hosiery Shop in the former Leader Shoe Store in Greensburg, a Tupperware sales representative, and a driver and an assistant for the Senior Citizens Center.
Member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Women of the Moose and St. Lawrence Auxiliary.
Funeral at St. Mary Catholic Church, 208 S. East St., Greensburg, with the Rev. Steve Schaftlein officiating.
Burial:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg.
Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home, 110 E. North St., Greensburg.
Memorials:  St. Mary Catholic Church
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
May 12, 2000
John D. Kuntz, 62, lifelong Blue Ridge resident, died today, Blue Ridge.
Born Oct. 1, 1937, in Shelby County, s/o  Fred J. and  Florine (Wendling) Kuntz
Married  Lolita (Fox) Kuntz  in 1958, and she survives.
1956 graduate of Waldron High School.
Employed at General Electric and Wellman Thermal Systems since 1956.
Survivors:  son, Larry L. Kuntz, Blue Ridge;  five brothers, Fred Kuntz Jr., Lake Okeechobee, Fla., Charles E. Kuntz, Shelbyville, Paul Kuntz, Greensburg, Stanley E. Kuntz, Waldron, and  Garnet Kuntz, Westport;  two sisters, Kathryn Firsich, Greensburg, and  Ruth Denson, San Diego, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
Preceded in death by three brothers.
Carmony-Ewing Broadway Funeral Home, with the Rev. Edwin E. Mohr officiating.
Burial:  Blue Ridge Cemetery, Shelby County.
Contributions:  Hospice of Shelby County.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming  for Peggy Kuntz Barnes

The  Shelbyville  News
July 8, 1999
Clifford Charles Kuntz, 79, Brookville, the father of a Shelbyville man, died Wednesday, VA, Cincinnati.
Born July 13, 1919, Franklin County, s/o  George  and  Anna (Amberger) Kuntz
Married  Pauletta (Smith) Kuntz  on Jan. 10, 1948, and she survives.
Retired farmer and a lifelong resident of Franklin County.
U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Oak Forest; the Disabled American Veterans; and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors:  7 sons, Francis Kuntz, Shelbyville, and  George Kuntz,  Michael Kuntz,  John Kuntz,  Roy Kuntz,  Ronald Kuntz, and  William Kuntz, all of Brookville;  3 daughters, Pamela Miller, Rushville, Barbara Ashcraft, Richmond, and  Marlene Matkins, Stitesville;  three brothers, Eugene “Jack” Kuntz,  Arnold C. Kuntz  and  Robert Kuntz, all of Brookville; one sister, Roselyn Wessel, Batesville; 21 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one brother.
Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, Brookville. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, with the Rev. Humbert Moster officiating.
Burial:  Maple Grove Cemetery, Brookville.
Contributions:  Franklin County Emergency Medical Services.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
July 28, 1998
Shirley [Martin] Kuntz, 76, Ellenton, Fla., died July 21 at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton, Fla.
Born April 26, 1922, s/o  Fred and Florine (Wendling) Kuntz.
On June 17, 1952, he married  Anna F. (Lewis) Kuntz, and she survives.
Shelby County native.
Retired from Heston Concrete Co., Indianapolis, truck driver.
Veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy. 
Survivors:  2 sisters, Katherine Fersich [Firsich], Greensburg, and  Ruth Denson, Tehama, Calif.; six brothers,  Fred Kuntz Jr., Lake Okeechobee, Fla., Charles Kuntz,  Stanley Kuntz  and  John Kuntz, all of Shelbyville, Paul Kuntz, Greensburg, and  Garnet Kuntz, Westport.
Preceded in death by two brothers.
Services were Saturday at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Contributed and summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming  for Peggy Kuntz Barnes

The  Shelbyville  News
November, 1977
Mrs. Florine Kuntz  died November 17, 1977, Shelbyville.
Born in Orange Twp, Rush Co, on March 25, 1896, d/o  Jacob  and  Mellie  Henderson Wendling.
Married  Fred Kuntz  December 1, 1915.
Survivors:  husband;  11 children,  Melvin Kuntz  of St Paul,  Shirley Kuntz  of Indianapolis,  Charles Kuntz  of Shelbyville,  Fred Kuntz Jr. and  John Kuntz  of Blue Ridge,  Maurice Kuntz of Franklin,  Stanley Kuntz  of Waldron,  Paul Kuntz  of Greensburg,  Garnet Kuntz  of Westport,  Mrs. Don (Kathryn) Firsich  of Greensburg,  Mrs. Kenneth (Ruth) Denson  of Mission Viejo, CA;  brother  Floyd Wendling of Shelbyville;  sister  Mrs. Violet Meal  of Shelbyville;  25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Three sisters preceded in death.
Lifelong resident of Blue Ridge community.
Member of the Blue Ridge Christian Church.
Burial:  Blue Ridge Cemetery, November 20, 1977.
Contributed and summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming  for Peggy Kuntz Barnes

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, August 1, 1964
Earl Kuntz Dies in Hospital
Earl A. Kuntz, 60, died 6:20 a.m. today at Major Hospital.  Ill 2 years.
Born April 27, 1904 in Walker Township, Rush Co, s/o  John C.  and  Mahala (Warfield) Kuntz.
Residence:  639 Fair Ave, Shelbyville.
Member  Modern Woodman Lodge at Rushville, Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge and Trinity Methodist Church of Shelbyville.
Glass cutter at the Shelbyville Mirror and Glass Co.
Survivors:  wife, Iva (Skillman) Ferleman  (married March 18, 1950);  mother, Manilla;  brother, Fred Kuntz, Blue Ridge;  2 sisters,  Mrs. Darley (Alice) Wendling  of Manilla, and  Mrs. Earl (Sarah) Theobald  of Rays Crossing.
One sister preceded in death.
Officiate:  Rev. Kenneth W. Lucas of St. Louis Crossing.  Mortuary not named.
Burial:  Forest Hill Cem.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming  for Peggy Kuntz Barnes

In Loving Rememberance
Jennie M. Kuntz

Born June 27th, 1883
In Shelby Co., Indiana
Departed this life January 11th, 1960
Services Carmony Funeral Home
Clergyman Rev. Lawrence Tedrow
2:00 P.M. Tuesday January 19th
Final Resting Place Manilla Cemetery
Contributed by Peggy Kuntz Barnes

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday April 29, 1929
Page 1 column 6
Peritonitis And Complications Cause Death
Of Louis Kuntz Saturday afternoon
          Louis Kuntz, well known resident of this city, died at his home 423 West Washington street, at four-thirty Saturday afternoon.  Death was caused from peritonitis that followed a week's illness with blood poisoning and complications.
          The deceased was born in New Alsace, Indiana, February 15, 1861 and was the son of  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kuntz. He was sixty-eight years of age at the time of his death. His wife preceded him in death seven months ago.
          He leaves three daughters, Misses Rose, Florence and  Irene, all at home, and one sister, Mrs. Katherine Firsich, of the Prescott community.
          Mr. Kuntz was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic church and of the Loyal Order of Moose, Shelbyville.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the church of which he was a member Tuesday morning at nine o'clock, with the Rev. John Rager officiating.  Interment will be in the church cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Peggy Kuntz Barnes

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday September 29, 1928
Page 1 column 7
Death of Local Woman Due To Heart Disease;
Husband, Daughters Survive
          Mrs. Philipina Kuntz, age 65, wife of Louis Kuntz, died at her home 423 West Washington street at five o'clock Friday afternoon.  Death was due to heart trouble.  Funeral services will be held at the St. Joseph Catholic church at 9:30 o'clock Monday morning, with the Rev. Father John C. Rager officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Joseph cemetery, in charge of Charles M. Ewing.
          Born in Franklin county April 9, 1863, Mrs. Kuntz was the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. John Schuck.  She was married to Mr. Kuntz May 24, 1887.  To this union were born six children, three of whom survive.  They are Misses  Rose, Florence  and  Irene Kuntz, all at home.
          Besides the husband and daughters, Mrs. Kuntz is survived by three sisters, Mrs. John Glaser of Franklin county, Mrs. John Schum, of Brookville, and  Sister M. Amelia of Oldenburg.  The deceased was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic church of this city.  She was also affiliated with the Altar Society and a charter member of the Daughters of Isabelle.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Peggy Kuntz Barnes

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, July 9, 1926
1907 -- Nellie Marie Kuntz -- 1926
I saw a young bride, in her beauty and pride,
Bedecked in her snowy array;
And the bright flush of hoy mantled high on her cheek,
And the future looked blooming and gay;
And with womans devotion she laid her fond heart
At the shrine of idolatrous love,
And she anchored her hopes to this perishing earth,
By the chain which her tenderness wove.
But I saw when those heart-strings were bleeding and town,
And the chain had been severed in two.
She had changed her white robes for the sable of grief,
And her bloom for the paleness of woe.
But the healer was there, pouring balm on her heart,
And wiping the tears from her eyes;
And he strengthened the chain He had broken in twain
And fastened it firm to the skies!
There had whispered a voice, 'twas the voice of God. "I love thee --- I love thee --- pass under the rod."
          The wise men ever since the dawn of creation have tried to vain to solve the problems of life.  Life itself is a myster but the end of all life is death.
          Each individual has his own theory of life and eternity but theories and theologies are not eternal and fade away as a shadow -- perish as the grass of the field.  The eternal principals of life are hidden in the great heart of God and will only be revealed to mankind as he is prepared to receive it.
          We wonder why this young wife in her youth, just entering life in its fullness, with a bright future and surrounded by so many bright hopes for the future should be cut as the grass.   No one has a satisfying answer to this query but we know that heaven will be the fuller and brighter even if earth shall lose some of its charm by her passing under the rod.
          Heaven would not be complete if only the aged abode there.  But we shall find in the garden of paradise -- Beautiful buds that were precious children of earth.  Blooming flowers, like the beloved sister and full blown flowers that were once the aged friends of ours.  God in His infinite wisdom will make His garden complete and we are to shape our lives by Godly living an entrance into that house "not made by hands but eternal in the Heavens."
          Nellie Marie Kuntz,  wife of  Earl Kuntz  was born near Manilla, Ind., July 12, 1907, and departed this life June 29, 1926.  Mrs. Kuntz was the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gahimer  and lived with her parents until married Jan. 2, 1926 when she moved to Manilla and lived there until taken away.  Nellie had a smile for everyone, a happy disposition, and was a friend to all that knew her and her life at home was one of peace and joy.
          She was christened in infancy at the German Evangelical church, near her home and from the testimony of friends and relatives she may well calim heir to one of God's eternal promises:  "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God."
          Mrs. Kuntz leaves besides the sorrowing husband, Mr. Earl Kuntz, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gahimer, one brother,  Matthew Gahimer,  two sisters,  Mrs. Eva Tessler  and  Vera Gahimer.  All these live near Manilla and will always revere the memory of one that they loved and we hope that they have inherited some of the spirit of purity of the beloved sister that has so recently taken her departure into the realms of eternal life.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday November 5, 1924
Page 3 column 2
Well Known Resident Of West South Street
Passed Away Last Night
          John B. Kuntz, well known resident of this city, passed away Tuesday night at eleven o'clock following a long illness caused from cancer.  Mr. Kuntz was sixty-six years, five months and four days of age.
          Mr. Kuntz was sixty-six years, five months, but had been in failing health for several months.  He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of St. John of this city.
          Besides the widow, Mrs. Francis Kuntz, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Helen LaramoreLoretta and  Margaret Kuntz  all of Shelbyville. Also one brother, Louis Kuntz of this city and two sisters, Mrs. George Firsich  and  Mrs. Nicholas Schaf  of Shelby county.
          Funeral services will be held at the St. Joseph Catholic church on Friday morning at nine o'clock, the Rev. J. C. Rager, officiating.  Interment will be made in the St. Joseph cemetery. Charles M. Ewing in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Peggy Kuntz Barnes

The  Indianapolis  Star
September 1, 1915
Page 5  Column 3
SHELBYVILLE -- Frank Kuntz,  19 years old, is dead near Manilla of pneumonia, contracted from a ride on a motorcycle while he was recovering from an attack of appendicitis.  His mother, brother and sister survive him.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday March 5, 1913
Page 1 column 1
Harry Kuntz, Age Twenty-One,
Expires At Columbus, Ohio
After Short Illness With Measles
          Harry Kuntz, aged twenty-one years, a resident of Manilla, died of measles at Columbus, Ohio, Monday, according to word received by relatives here.
           He was in the regular army service and had been at the Columbus barracks for the past few weeks.  He enlisted at Indianapolis, January 27th, 1913, and was then sent to the barracks for training.  He had been there only a short time when he fell ill of the measles.  He had almost recovered from the measles when he suffered a relapse and later double-pneumonia developed.  His relatives knew of his critical condition and his step-mother, Mrs. Peter Kuntz, and his half-brother, Dale Brooks, of Manilla, were at his bedside when the end came.  He is survived in addition, by a step-sister, Mrs. William Carwine, and a step-brother, Trook Kuntz.
           The funeral services were held at the Manilla Christian Church today at one o'clock, with the Rev. E. E. Kuntz of Colfax, Indiana, officiating.  Burial was made in the German cemetery, four miles south of Manilla. The body was brought to Manilla Tuesday.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Peggy Kuntz Barnes

The  Shelby  Democrat
Shelbyville, Indiana
Thursday, July 21, 1910 (weekly paper)
Page 8
           Peter Kuntz, a well know farmer fifty years of age, died at his home, one and one-half miles southeast of Manilla, early yesterday morning of a complication of diseases.  He is survived by a widow and two children.  Funeral services will be held at the German church southwest of Manilla at ten-thirty o'clock Thursday morning.  Revs. Mann and Winters officiating.
Contributed by Peggy Kuntz Barnes

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday September 11, 1909
Page 2 column 3
          Frederick Kuntz, an aged and highly respected German resident died at the home of his son, Peter Kuntz, two miles northeast of Manilla, Rush County, at 1:30 p.m. Friday September 10th, of senility.  His age was 87 years.  He leaves four sons.  The funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the German church east of the City, the Rev. G. G. Winter, officiating.  Interment in the German cemetery, Stewart & Fix in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Peggy Kuntz Barnes

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday March 30, 1905
Page 5 column 4
          Mrs. Magdalene Kuntz, widow of the late  Joseph Kuntz, died Sunday morning at 7:35 o'clock at the residence of her daughter,  Mrs. George Firsich, one mile south of Prescott, aged seventy-nine years.  Deceased leaves six children, viz:  Joseph Kuntz, of Dearborn county,  John  and  Louis Kuntz, of this county,  Mrs. Nicholas Schaf  and  Mrs. George Firsich  of Prescott,  Mrs. Magdalene Kolb  of Franklin county.  Mrs. Kuntz had been a resident of Shelby county for the past twenty years.  Funeral services were held at St. Vincent Catholic church Tuesday morning at 8:30.  Interment in St. Vincent cemetery in charge of R. T. Stewart.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming  for Peggy Kuntz Barnes

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