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Ted Kunz

Ted Kunz, age 76 of Sioux Falls, formerly of Philip, died Friday, September 2, 2011, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Ted K. Kunz was born May 31, 1935, on the family farm near Strasburg, N.D., the son of Andrew and Lizzie (Klingman) Kunz. He grew up on the family farm and received his education at Pollock, graduating from Pollock High School in 1952. After graduation, he attended Northern State College in Aberdeen for two years and received his teaching certificate. He returned to Pollock and taught elementary school for one year. In 1955, Ted entered the U.S. Army, serving two years in Korea. He was honorably discharged on May 1, 1957, and returned to South Dakota where he finished college in Aberdeen, graduating in 1960.

Ted was united in marriage to Arla Faith Johnson on June 5, 1960, in Pierre. They made their home in Britton, where he taught school for two years. In 1962, they moved to Webster, where he taught, until 1965, when they moved to Rapid City. Ted spent several days and nights from 1960 to 1965 working for his master's degree, which he received in 1965. In 1967, they returned to Britton where he served as a school administrator for 20 years. In 1987, they moved to Philip where he was school superintendent until retiring in July 2001. After his retirement, they continued to reside in Philip, until July 2011, when they moved to Sioux Falls.

Ted was a member of the United Church of Philip, and served on various boards. He belonged to many school education organizations as well as the Philip Lions Club for many years. He was a very active member of the community.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 51 years, Arla Faith Kunz of Sioux Falls; three sons, Rob Kunz and his wife, Nancy, of Sioux Falls, Randy Kunz and his wife, Nichole, of Berthold, N.D., and Andrew Kunz and his wife, Lisa, of Sioux Falls; two daughters, Connie Schmiesing and her husband, DeWayne, of Sioux Falls, and Linda Fisher and her husband, Travis, of Polson, Mont.; 11 grandchildren, James, Alex, Lauren, Taylor, Lanie, Mollie, Samuel, Jackson, Connor, Joseph, and Claire; one brother, Fred Kunz of Pollock; one sister, Arlene Morton and her husband, Gene, of Britton; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Kunz of Bellevue, Wash.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ted was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Kunz; his parents, Andrew and Lizzie Kunz; a sister, Adelaide Kunz; and two brothers, Alvin and John Kunz; and his parents-in-law, AE "Doll" and Fern Johnson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 6, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.

Music was provided by Sally Jankord, pianist, and Roger Porch, vocalist. Ushers were Norm Payne and Milo Zeeb.

Pallbearers were Rob, Randy, Andrew and Alex Kunz, DeWayne and James Schmiesing, and Travis Fisher. Junior pallbearers were Lauren, Taylor, Lanie, Mollie, Samuel, Jackson, Connor, Joseph and Claire. Honorary pallbeares were all former school associates - principals, teachers, employees, students and school board members.

Interment with military honors will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com