Dale Edward Kunze, 67, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at his home.
He was born on December 27, 1954 in Marshall, MO, a son of William E. and Mayme E. (Stock) Kunze.
In 1959, he entered kindergarten at the Benton School in Marshall, MO. When the family moved to Sedalia, MO, Dale attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School from kindergarten through 7th grade, graduating from there in May of 1968. Dale graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in May of 1973. While at Smith-Cotton, Dale also attended the Saline County Vocational Technical School. He loved electronic things and would order kits to build radios and thermostats.
After high school, Dale worked for Kings Food Host Restaurant in Sedalia until 1978. While working there, he met Charlotte. Dale and Charlotte (née Hill) married on March 27, 1982 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sedalia, MO and to this marriage a son Greg was born in 1992.
In 1979, he started his 30 year career with Southwestern Bell and AT&T. His career began as a Customer Service Operator in Independence, MO. He later transitioned to Switch/Communication Technician at 59th & Redbridge in Kansas City, MO until 2005. He then took on another challenge and became a manager in the Kansas City area retiring in January 2008. Dale attended training facilities in New York, California, Texas, Florida and Ohio over the years.
Not long after retirement, he began working for LanTel Communications in Independence, MO doing crew follow ups for AT&T.
Dale enjoyed working in and was very proud of his yard, photography, cooking and weather watching. He and Charlotte especially loved decorating for Christmas, inside and out. Dale and Charlotte loved to travel by car as to not miss anything. Their last trip was the best, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway just last October.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte and a son, Greg. Also his sister, Janice Hoos of Sedalia, niece Kim (Tim) Karigan of Sedalia, nephew Andy (Jamie) Hoos of Green Ridge MO; 6 great-nieces and nephews and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mayme Kunze, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the KU Cancer Center in Lee’s Summit, KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS the last two years, and St. Luke’s Hospice for their exceptional care and kindness.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sedalia. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church, with Pastor Jeremy Freeman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Immanuel United Church of Christ, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.