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David Richard Kunz, 60, of Two Harbors died peacefully of natural causes on April 19, 2016, at his home on the Stewart River.
David attended Duluth Central High School and graduated from the Duluth Open School in 1974, and attended Prescott College in Arizona. David was passionate about the environment and social justice and was considered by many to be the most energetic, caring and loving person they knew. He was an accomplished carpenter, musician, maple syrup maker, and a devoted father and grandfather to his adored sons and grandsons. David did EVERYTHING for his sons and family, including coaching his sons in Lester Park youth hockey and soccer, flooding the rinks until midnight or later in below zero temperatures, and driving to countless games (some across the state). He loved spending time with his family including fishing or working in the woods with his father, who was also best friend. He was extremely close to his mother and sister and enjoyed attending family gatherings. He was a devoted and loving son to both his parents and built them their dream house on the Stewart River.
David was himself an accomplished athlete. He ran cross country and track in high school and finished Grandma’s Marathon in 3 hours and 19 minutes. He spent as much time as possible outside and along the North Shore. David was a gifted guitar player, preforming for over 30 years with the well-known Duluth folk band, Wild Thyme. He was a member of the Duluth Carpenters Union and built many beautiful homes in Duluth and along the North Shore.
Born on March 19, 1956, in St. Paul, David is survived by sons Nicholas (Missoula, Montana) and Morgan (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Kunz (wife Carrie Roby) and grandsons Felix and Calvin Kunz. He is also survived by his mother Joyce, stepfather Bernie Hughes (Superior, Wisconsin), sister Cynthia (Washington, D.C.), and many friends. His father, Richard (Dick) Kunz (Duluth, Minnesota) proceeded him in death in 1998.
He will be deeply missed by his family and friends, but his spirit will live on forever. In lieu of memorials, the family is asking for donations to Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, http://www.nmworg.org/donate/
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