Gary James Kuntz passed away on July 6, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on July 2, 1952 in Richardton, N.D. He was the oldest of five children born to Sam and Betty Kuntz. He and his family moved to Glendive, Mont. in 1953. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic grade school, and graduated from Dawson County High School in 1970.
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He attended Montana State University starting in the fall of 1971. He graduated with a degree in accounting. He met Diane Leverson while in college and was married shortly after he graduated. They had the first of two children, Jennifer in the spring of 1977 in Missoula. In the spring of 1981 they had their second child, Ryan. He worked for various accounting firms before starting his own business in 1981 which he continued to operate in Bozeman until his passing.
He lived his life helping others always ready to lend a hand, whatever was needed. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, floating, boating, and camping. He was a talented accountant and all-around handy man. Saturday's in the fall were spent with his son and family tailgating and cheering on the Bobcats. He looked forward to Sunday evenings at his daughter's house with his family. His ultimate passion in life was spending time with the kids. Papa Gary will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Handsaker and husband John, children Colter, Cameron, Cody, and Casey. Also surviving is his son, Ryan Kuntz and wife Kelly, children Aiden, and Amelia; his mother, Betty; brother, Val (Pam); and sisters, Beverly (Max), Karen (Kerry), Joanne; and nephews, Shawn, Cody, and Nick. Gary is also survived by his good friends, Diane, Larry and Jay Oddy, along with the Handsaker, Donch and Brandt families. He is preceded in passing by his father, Sam; grandparents, aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Peace Lutheran Church in Belgrade with a celebration of his life to follow at 1640 Stagecoach Trail, Manhattan. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the
or the Bozeman Lions Club, which he was a member of for many years.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from July 8 to July 10, 2012