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James Fredrick Kunde


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James Fredrick Kunde Obituary

James Fredrick Kunde, 84, a native of Yuba City and resident of The Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley, died Friday, September 18, 2015, at The Sequoias Health Center.

Of a sunny and generous disposition, Jim was beloved by all who knew him. He was one of those rare individuals who touch many lives and leave the world a better place. He loved helping people, travel, camping, carpentry, leather and wood working, gardening, sports, jigsaw puzzles, and reading. He was particularly devoted to his family, with a special place in his heart for his grandchildren.

He is survived by his son Robert Kunde and daughter-in-law Martha Rodriguez of Bakersfield, son Brian Kunde and daughter-in- law Sarah Kunde of Tracy, and two grandchildren, Charlotte Kunde and James Kunde of Tracy. He also leaves two brothers, William Kunde and Gerald Kunde, both of Yuba City, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his wife of fifty years, Joan Kunde, his sister Joyce Panecaldo, and his brother Robert V. Kunde.

Jim was born October 9, 1930 in Yuba City, the son of Otto and Anna Kunde. He was educated in Yuba City schools and Yuba College in Marysville before attending the University of California, San Francisco, from which he received his B.S. in Pharmacy in 1953. He married his college sweetheart Joan Richmond in 1953 in San Francisco.

Jim served in the US Army Medical Service Corps in Korea during the Korean War. After his discharge he lived in Redwood City and worked at several pharmacies on the San Francisco peninsula. He was a pharmacist and store manager with Clifford Pharmacies in Portola Valley and Menlo Park from 1959 to 1988. During much of this period he was also Treasurer for the San Mateo County Pharmacists Association. He and Joan were active with the Creative Initiative Foundation.

From 1988 until his retirement in 1996 Jim ran the hospital pharmacy at the U.S. Army base on the island of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Afterwards he and Joan returned to their home in Redwood City. Before and after retirement they traveled extensively in Asia, the South Pacific, Europe and North America.

In retirement Jim became a master and teacher of Reiki. After his wife died in 2004 he co-chaired the bereavement group at Redwood City's Kaiser Hospital and volunteered as a Reiki provider for Kaiser and Stanford Hospitals, Kaiser Hospice, and the San Carlos Community Center. Jim became a resident of The Sequoias in Portola Valley in May 2014. He moved to the Health Center there after complications from surgery in September 2014, and was in Hospice care for five months preceding his decease.

The family would like to express their gratitude to his supportive Reiki colleagues and caregivers with the Sequoias Health Center and Kaiser Hospice. Donations in Jim's name may be made to well-wishers' . Memorial services are pending in Portola Valley and Yuba City in October. Send memorial service inquiries to [email protected] or 661-322-4701.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Sept. 26 to Sept. 27, 2015
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