Hans I. Kunze, 97, Otis, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 6:33 p.m. in Oak Woods Manor, La Porte, Indiana.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, 606 S. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, Indiana, with Rev. Jordan Fetcko officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery with full military services conducted by the John Franklin Miller American Legion Post #37. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana, and 9:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Queen of All Saints Church Legacy Center. A wake service will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. and the John Franklin Miller Post #37 will conduct a memorial service at 5 p.m., both Monday in the funeral chapel.
He was born Aug. 27, 1921, in Rustenberg, Germany, to the late Karl and Emma (Heinemann) Kunze. On Oct. 3, 1942, in Michgian City, Indiana, he married Mildred "Mitzi" Kuhn, who preceded him on Oct. 17, 1972. Then on Sept. 22, 1973, in Michigan City, Indiana, he married Floraine "Flo" Frenzel, who preceded him on July 11, 2009.
Surviving are two daughters, Judy (Dan) Piechnik of Hastings, Michigan, and Sandie (Jay) Miller of Otis, Indiana; son, Boyd (Pat) Kunze of La Porte, Indiana; stepson, Rick (Barb) Peo of Michiana Shores, Indiana; eight grandchildren, Jill (Gabriel) McKelvey, Kristen (Damon) Gonzales, Laura (Mike) MacLeod, Ryan (Anji) Miller, Michael (Janelle) Miller, Meredith (Joe) Attar, Jennifer (Nick) Bergman and Kristy Peo; 12 great-grandchildren, Dillon McKelvey, Leah McKelvey, Mia Gonzales, Ridley Gonzales, Alyssa MacLeod, Ian MacLeod, Zoey Miller, Zachary Miller, Kinley Miller, Shelby Attar, Riley Attar and Emmaliza Bergman; and his best-friend and constant companion, Murphy.
He was also preceded in death by five sisters, Margaret, Elizabeth, Helen, Charlotte and Mary; brother, Karl; and his great-grandson, Austin Endres.
Hans retired as the Vice-President of Industrial Engineering at Jet Fabricators and was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. He received the Silver Star and five Bronze Stars for his European Campaigns and the Combat Infantry Badge. Hans was a member of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, John Franklin Miller American Legion Post #37 and VFW Post #2536. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and camping.
Contributions may be made to the Michiana Humane Society, 722 Indiana Highway 212, Michigan City, IN 46360.
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