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William "Bill" Kuntz
William Carl Kuntz (Bill) , 94, passed away on June 24, 2021. He was born January 22, 1927 in Akron to the late Harry and Willa Kuntz . During WWII Bill trained as a radar operator. He then served aboard the USS Cowpens playing in the ship’s dance band as it transported troops home. Bill married his sweetheart Betty in 1948. In September 1950 he joined the Akron Police Department and served for 33 years until he retired with the rank of sergeant. After he retired from the police force he worked for General Tire and later Smith Truck Cranes company driving trucks all over the country, often with Betty along for the ride. He was involved with the All American Soap Box Derby for 52 years, and participated in the Derbytown Chorus barbershop group for 40 years. Bill was a member of Hope United Methodist Church. After almost 70 years of marriage, Bill lost Betty in 2018 and they are now reunited in heaven.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Kathryn (David) Gangel ; son, David (Dru Ann) Kuntz ; grandchildren, Holly (Mark) Jenkins , Marshall (Meghan) Gangel , Alan (Kaci) Kuntz , Lynn Kuntz , Sara Kuntz ; and 7 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Rd. on Thursday July 8, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., where services will be held at NOON, Rev. David McGrath officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to International Soap Box Derby, 1000 George Washington Blvd., Akron, OH 44312, in memory of Bill .
My memories of Bill go way back as Boy Scouting was a long time ago now, but Dave and the Kuntz family were always beacons of light with smiles and encouragement that helped me and so many others. Our thoughts are with you and we will do our best to honor Bill and the family by carrying the torch of kindness.
Eliot Mostow Jul 7 2021 12:00 AM