Lewis Bryant Kunz, 87, of Shady cove, died Mar. 2, 2010. He was born in Endicott, Wash.
After high school, he worked for the Bonneville Power Administration until joining the Army Air Corps in 1943. He met his ‘forever’ sweetheart, Norma, on a weekend pass in Santa Monica, Calif. A marriage lasting 66 ½ years began just six weeks after their meeting. Their one great sorrow was the loss of their son, Charles, at the age of 14 to cancer.
After the war, Mr. Kunz attended the University of Southern California where he studied engineering. With his family, he returned to the BPA and surveyed throughout the northwest.
In 1954, he and his family moved to southern California where he worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He spent 35 years with the Soil Conservation Service, and retired in 1977. He also continued in the Air Force Reserve and retired from there with the rank of Major.
He and his wife traveled extensively in the U.S. and Canada and spent several summers in Alaska. In 1993, they moved to Shady Cove, but continued their travels.
A man of integrity, he taught his children faithfulness to God and family, honest, compassion, a work ethic and more, set by example. He was fun-loving with a quick wit. He water skied into his 60s and squared danced into his late 70s.
In recent years, his daughters enjoyed reading to him from his favorite author, Louis L’Amour.
He was preceded in death by his son, Charles, and sisters, Vivian and Bonnie. He is survived by his wife, and sweetheart, Norma, brother, John; daughters, Norine (Ed) Hamper and Lynetta (Michael) Sinclair; six wonderful grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.