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Ola Friend Kuntz Willis

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In Memory of Ola Friend Kuntz Willis
Ola Willis, eldest child of George and Elsa Kniese Friend was born April 20, 1925 south of Otis, Colorado. Ola grew up with two brothers Arnold and Carl and one sister Norma. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. Ola attended grade school at Fair view School and rode a horse two and a half miles through the eighth grade. The first year of High School was attended at Cope High School and the other three years were at Otis High School where she boarded with the Lutheran Minister and his family and graduated in 1942. After High School Ola worked as the Acting Postmaster at the Arickaree Post Office and played piano for dances with Tom Payne Orchestra. She went to Portland Oregon in 1944 where she stayed with her Aunt and Uncle and worked as a bookkeeper for the First National Bank during the days and sewed mess kits as an evening job. In 1945 she came back to Denver worked as a bookkeeper and at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal filling incendiary bombs.
After the war Ola and Henry Kuntz were married on May 5, 1946. In the spring of 1948 they moved to the farm two miles from where she grew up and built a new house. December 28, 1947 Ola and Henry proudly welcomed a son Wayne Lynn then on October 9, 1949 they were blessed with a daughter Alta Ivern. Henry suffered from a brain tumor and passed away on November 8, 1951. Ola did a lot of sewing in that lonely time but needed to work so she cleaned houses, cared for the sick, baby sat and even worked in Greeley digging beets. She chose jobs that would allow her kids to be with her. Then she got a job at the Anton Café cooking and waiting tables. Later she managed the café and her, Wayne and Alta lived in her parent's trailer which was parked behind the café.
On December 3, 1955 she married Alden Willis. She quit the café business, moved to the farm north of Anton and helped with the farming and cattle while Alden carried mail to Cope. They loved to dance so enjoyed dancing while Wayne and Alta went to the movies on Saturday nights. On February 2, 1957 they were blessed with a baby girl, Kala Rae. Ola enjoyed accompanying Wayne and Alta for their clarinet solo's in school. In July 1960 the family moved to Flagler, Colorado where she helped Alden carry mail from Flagler to Anton to Cope, back to Anton then back to Flagler driving 165 miles a day six days a week. They also had an upholstery business and she refinished a lot of furniture. Ola served as the State President of the Colorado Star Carrier's Association for seven years, was President of the Flagler American Legion Auxiliary for one year and started the Flagler Junior Auxiliary. She enjoyed teaching the auxiliary girls crafts and parliamentary procedure. On July 1, 1970 Ola, Alden and Kala moved back to the farm at Anton after Wayne returned from the service and took over the mail route. Ola enjoyed being a farm wife and mom and served as Chapter mother for the Arickaree FHA for two years and district mother for FHA for one year and the Secretary of the Wiladel Community Association. She was also a member of the Night Hawk Club and bowled for a few years.
Ola enjoyed homemaking, cooking, sewing, knitting, refinishing furniture, dancing, music of all kinds and her favorite is country. She loved sports especially baseball. She enjoyed babysitting and enjoyed following the lives of young people especially the sporting events her grandchildren were involved in.
Ola was preceded in death by her parents, George and Elsa Friend; her husband Henry Kuntz; her husband Alden Willis; and brother Carl Friend.
Ola is survived by brother Arnold Friend of Aurora Missouri; sister Norma and husband Marv Heany of Englewood Colorado; son Wayne and wife Belinda Kuntz of Enterprise Oregon; daughter Alta and husband Harvy Story of Panama City, Florida; daughter Kala and husband Terry Doane of Anton Colorado; Grandchildren Diane (and Mike) Boling, Toni (and Joe) Haba, Tiffany (and John) Deering and Jerome (and Mary) Doane. Great grandchildren include Logan Pautler, Tyler Boling, Zach Boling, Colin Haba, Mackenzie Haba, Trey Doane and Hannah Deering; nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Ola's life will be celebrated at the Anton Fire Hall on her birthday April 20, 2013, at noon. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Otis Cemetery in Ola's name.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Feb. 20, 2013
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