Funeral services for Ernest (Ernie) William Kunde Sr., 88, of Tipton, were held at 10:30 a.m. yesterday (Wednesday, March 10), at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton. Visitation was held 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at Fry Funeral Home. Burial will be at Tipton Masonic Cemetery with military rites. Ernest died Saturday, March 6, at Cedar Manor in Tipton after a brief illness.
The son of William L. E. and Lucie C. (Stahl) Kunde, Ernest was born Aug. 3, 1921 on the family farm near McCausland. He married Marian M. Amend in 1944 and they later divorced. He married Julia A. Cooper in 1971. He resided in the Tipton area all of his adult life.
Mr. Kunde farmed and worked in a variety of agriculture-related jobs in his lifetime. He retired from Agricultural Building Services, after 20 years of service. In his retirement, he enjoyed his family, gardening, hunting, fishing, woodworking and all things outdoors. He was a member of the First United Church of Tipton. He was a Past Commander of Bennett American Legion Post No. 104. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, having served during WWII. He was Past Commander and current Chaplain of Tipton VFW Post No. 2537, having served in many capacities, including as a steadfast member of the Color Guard.
He is survived by his brother, Elmer (Delores) Knude of Tipton; sister-in-law, Joanne (Ernie) Becker of Austin, TX; daughters, Nancy (Larry) Koberg of Walcott, Connie (Shawn Taylor) Cox of Delhi, NY, Sandy (Dan Luettjohann) Kunde of Tipton, Linda Burrow of New Albia and Marsha Nash and Sheila (Mike) Polman of West Liberty; sons, Gary (Marsha Solares) Kunde of Solon, Joseph (Lisa) Bromell of Moscow, Vernon (Kelly) Becker Jr. of Raymore, MO and Ernest (Jaime) Kunde Jr. of Eagle River, AK; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia; his parents, brother, Eugene and brother-in-law and sister, Leonard and Wilma Schwitzer.
Memorials may be made to the VFW Post No. 2537, the Lions Club or Meals on Wheels.
Ernest Knude, 88, TiptonWednesday, March 10, 2010