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Donovan L Kunz


The News Examiner, July 15, 1944



Letter Expected Giving Particulars


Corporal Donovan L Kunz, 23, died in England, July 5, according to information received Friday by his wife and mother, Mrs. Pearl Kunz, from the adjutant General Washington DC.  Circumstances surrounding his death were not available but the telegram said a letter would follow.  Corporal Kunz who arrived in England about June 1, 1844, was a member of the Army Air Forces and had received special training in the aircraft armor school last year at Lowry Field, Colorado.  He entered the service September 21, 1942 at Fort Douglas, Utah.  After training at Bowman Field, Kentucky, he was transferred to Blythe, California where he did secretarial work in rail transportation. Following his schooling at Lowry Field in November 1943, he was at Kearns Field near Salt Lake City a short while before going to Mountain Home Air Base, from where he was sent overseas.

The well known and highly esteemed young man was born in Montpelier February 1, 1921.  He graduated from the Montpelier high school in 1940 and before entering the service engaged in farming and was also employed by the Union Pacific.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Gayle McIntyre formerly of Salt Lake City, whom he married February 18, 1944; his mother, maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ida Dimick of Montpelier and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kunz of Logan.  His father, Luy Kunz, a veteran of World War I died 12 years ago.  The last letter received here by his relatives was dated July 1.  Sergeant Blake Aland, stationed somewhere in England, in a letter written July 4 to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Aland said he had seen Corporal Kunz a classmate, "the other day".


The following memorial services for Corporal Donovan Kunz, who died in England July 5 following head injuries, were held Sunday at 12:30 pm in the first ward chapel with Bishop George Tibbitts presiding.  Song, "I Nee Thee Every Hour," ladies quartet comprised of Mrs. Brandon Wilcox, Mrs. J Vern Dunn, Mrs. Howard Heninger and Mrs. Walter and Mrs. Walter Hunzeker; invocation, Charles H Hauck; vocal solo, "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise," F Tibbitts; vocal duet, "That Beautiful Land" Mr. and Mrs. James Olsen; speaker, Bishop Alvin Tueller; vocal solo, "Dear Little Boy of Mine" Mr. Williams, speaker, President Sidney E Burgoyne; song, "Sometime We'll Understand" quartet; benediction, Walter Hunzeker.


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