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Adolph E. Kuntschik

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 8:30 pm | Updated: 3:53 pm, Thu Sep 27, 2012.

Adolph E. Kuntschik, 79, of Gonzales, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.

He was born June 14, 1933, in Gonzales County to Frances Kuntschik. Adolph married Emily Darilek on Oct. 13, 1956, at St. James Catholic Church in Gonzales. He was a long-time member of St. James Catholic Church, and had served three tours of duty with the U.S. National Guard before being honorably discharged.

Adolph was a member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He had worked as the store manager for Gonzales Lumber Company before going to work for Charter Crude Oil Company where it wasn’t uncommon for him to work 12- to 13-hour days, day after day in the oilfield.

Adolph finally retired from Enron Corporation 1997, yet he was not one to sit still, he loved working with his hands. Adolph could often be found tinkering in his workshop or messing with his Martin houses. He refurbished antique furnishings, especially furniture made of solid wood, which he would strip, sand, repair and stain to look as if these antiques had just came off the showroom floor. He was never one to shy away from hard work, most often he accepted the more difficult jobs as challenges and he always persevered. As a younger man, when time permitted, he enjoyed dove and duck hunting, and always delighted in loading up his family and loving wife to attend a dance, something he and Emily thoroughly enjoyed together throughout their 55 years of marriage. Adolph was an attentive loving husband, an adoring father and a doting grandfather and great-grandfather.

Adolph E. Kuntschik is survived by his dear wife, Emily Kuntschik of Gonzales; daughter and son-in-law Debra Susan Budd and husband Gary of Houston; sons and daughters-in-law Brian Steven Kuntschik and his wife Ramona of Plano, and Kenneth Alan Kuntschik and his wife Billie Sue of New Braunfels; grandchildren Matthew Steele, Katie Carney, Whitney Wahl, Megan Steele-Lassig, Kristen Garlick, Kyle Kuntschik, Giovanna Kuntschik and Ishbel Kuntschik; and great-grandchildren Mattison Steele, Hannah Wahl, Kennedy Lassig and Emily Carney.

He was preceded in death by his mother and an infant son, Thomas Eugene Kuntschik.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Raaz as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. James Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers include Kyle Kuntschik, Johnny Johnson, Darren Darilek, Jerry Shepherd, Tommy Schurig and Kevin LaFleur. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Memorials may be made to the Gonzales Knights of Columbus, St. James Catholic Church or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.

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