Darlene Kuntz, 87, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. She passed away at the Country View Nursing Home in Bowling Green, where she had been a resident for the past year. Surrounded by her loved ones, in his perfect timing, God called her home.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 5 A Celebration of Life service was held Monday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at the Curryville Baptist Church with Bro. John Birkhead and Bro. Jerry Gamm officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Bobby Kuntz, Ricky Kuntz, Brian Raney, Brent Raney, Bradley Raney, Michael Lindsay, and Tyler Scherder, who carried her to her final resting place at Fairview Grassy Creek Cemetary in rural Louisiana.Honorary pallbearers were Jim Kuntz, Dale Lindsay, Gary Raney, Bruce Scherder, Dale Pilliard, Quentin Kuntz, and Aaron Drebes.
Darlene was born June 24, 1927 in Hannibal, the daughter of Solomon Frederick and Beulah Ardrey Fisher. She graduated from Frankford High School and attended Kirksville State Teachers’ College. She taught at Salt River and Frankford schools for four years.
She married Ferd Kuntz on July 9, 1948. He preceded her in death. She later married John Christian on June 22, 1998. He preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 1999.
Darlene and Ferd made their home near the Twin Churches in rural Louisiana. The couple had six children: sons Bob (Pat) Kuntz, Jim Kuntz (Diane), all of Bowling Green, daughters Judy Lindsay (Dale) of Eolia, Linda Raney (Gary) of Frankford, Betty Scherder (Bruce) of Bowling Green, and Nancy Pilliard (Dale) of Curryville. They purchased and moved to a farm west of Bowling Green in 1954, where they raised their family. Darlene devoted her life to her family. She was a member of the Curryville Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and attended until the time of her death.
Her home was the family gathering place where each new generation shared in family traditions. She loved music, and enjoyed gardening, sewing, and needlework. She read her Bible everyday. She had 12 grandchildren; Shonda Perkins, Bobby Kuntz, Ricky Kuntz, Sherri White, Michael Lindsay, Brian Raney, Brent Raney, Bradley Raney, Tyler Scherder, Quentin Kuntz, Malarie Kuntz, and Amanda Booth; great-grandchildren Kayla and Doug Perkins, Chloe Kuntz, Chelsea Kuntz, Trevor and Landon White, Maggie and Neil Raney, Bella and Madilyn Raney, Lucy Raney, and Graydon, Jackson and Amelia Booth. She is also survived by one brother Melburn Fisher (Eunice) of Perry; niece Debbie Hoshaw, and nephew Aaron Drebes.
She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Darla Pilliard Boehm and sisters Melba Fisher and Goldie and Leo Drebes. Darlene was a woman of faith who will be forever be missed by family and friends who love and respected her.
Memorials may be made to Pike County Home Health and Hospice or Cancer Research.