Harold Kundert went home to be with the Lord on February 19, 2014.
Born February 2, 1923 in Bowdle, SD, his family moved to Lodi in 1928. Harold attended local schools and graduated from Lodi High in 1940. Shortly after High School Harold enlisted in the military and started the Naval Aviation Program. He was subsequently commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He then spent time on Guam, flying to various islands including: the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. At the end of the war he flew the linguists to Japan to negotiate the peace agreement. His squadron returned to North Carolina and was inactive until the start of the Korean War
. He volunteered to return to his squadron and flew along the East coast, Cuba and Puerto Rico. He was honorably discharged as a Captain and returned to Lodi where he entered the real estate business.
He was elected president of the Lodi board of Realtors in 1957 and again in 1965, and was Realtor of the Year in 1960. He served on the City of Lodi Planning Commission from 1958-1964. In 1969 Harold closed his real estate business and went to work for Lodi Unified School District in the Maintenance Dept. – a job he loved. He retired from LUSD in 1985.
Harold loved to work – especially in his yard. He also enjoyed woodworking, and made many people happy with a few of his projects – especially birdhouses. He enjoyed hosting parties and he and his wife Mayvis did a lot of entertaining.
He was a devoted member of Temple Baptist Church, participating in the Choir in his younger days, taught Sunday school, and directed a children's choir, which was especially dear to his heart.
Harold is survived by his wife Mayvis, his son Steve and wife Jan of Bend, OR; granddaughter Megan Toth and great-grandson Jax; brother Donald and wife Eleanor; and Danna Schmiedt whom he loved as a daughter.
A gathering to celebrate Harold's life will be held 10:00 am, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at his residence at 1050 N. Lincoln Ave., Lodi. In case of inclement weather the memorial and fellowship will be held at Temple Baptist Church in Lodi.
Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kundert Family.