Warren Victor Kunz (76) 1941-2017 returned home to our loving Father in Heaven on June 6, 2017, in Montpelier Idaho. Born June 3, 1941, in Montpelier, Idaho to Reuel Victor & Irene Humphreys Kunz. Warren was the youngest of seven children. He was raised in Pescadero & Bern, Idaho and for the last 3 years, he lived at the Bear Lake Manor in Montpelier Idaho.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He loved the gospel and had a strong testimony. He served in many church callings such as the Mutual Presidency, Sunday School Presidency, and in the High Priest Group Presidency. He also enjoyed teaching primary to the 11-year-old group. Warren was a faithful and dedicated home teacher. Warren oversaw the scheduling of the Bern Ward Meetinghouse and for several years he oversaw the lock up and security of the Bern Church. He was an endowed member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and he loved to go to the temple. Many people had the opportunity to take Warren to the temple. He loved to listen to the scriptures and the church magazines on tape.
In Warren’s youth, he enjoyed working with his dad by taking care of the sheep herd. He would help herd them and assisted in shearing them. Warren learned to ride horses and he loved animals. Warren would help many of his neighbors by hauling and bucking hay and many other farm projects.
In 1964, their Pescadero cabin got power and his father bought a freezer. Warren said, "good now I can get ice cream."
In 1966, his father passed away and Warren took care of his mom. When his mother was put in the rest home, he would catch a ride to town and visit with her as much as possible.
Warren enjoyed collecting coins and license plates. Warren took his license plate collection to the Bear Lake County Fair and won a sweepstakes ribbon. Warren was known for his famous homemade Root beer that was made with dry ice and was asked to make it for parties, reunions and wedding receptions.
Warren was very frugal and lived on very little; however, he helped several missionaries. Warren had a limited income. He would go without so that he could help these young missionaries. If you ever tried to get one up on Warren he would figure it out. He really wanted to take care of himself. He took pride in taking care for what he had and he had a place for everything and everything was in its place.
The children in Bern loved spending time at Warren’s house. They would play Checkers, Chinese Checkers, and various card games like Go Fish & Arthur.
Warren loved John Wayne movies & Louis L’Amour books. He loved playing Bingo while in the Manor.
Warren loved his heritage, the Kunz name, and his ancestors. He collected pictures, documents, and histories. He made sure that his family had copies of his paperwork that he collected. He was as sharp as a tack he could remember dates, names and he had many stories.
Warren was preceded in death by his Father Reuel Victor and his Mother Irene Humphreys, brother Thomas Girven and two sisters Grace Irene and Ila Kunz Nobel (Herbert), brother in law (Lon Rigby) and two nephews Kevin Kunz and Clinton Rigby. He is survived by his brother Harvey (LaRee) of Georgetown, ID his brother Bruce (Martha) of Cheyenne, Wy, sister Echo Rigby of Kennewick, WA & sister-in-law VerJean Turner of Georgetown, ID and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers please donate to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint missionary fund. The family would like to express our gratitude to the members of the Bern Ward for the kindnesses that they have shown Warren. The Bear Lake Manors amazing staff and The Bear Lake Memorial staff and also special thanks to Dr. Hansen & Dr. Podany.
A viewing will be held at the Bern L.D.S. Church from 10:00 a.m to 11:45 a.m. the funeral will immediately following . Interment will take place at the Bern Cemetery.