David Charles Kunde – Manchester – Mix 94.7 KMCH


David Charles Kunde, 74, was born July 25, 1947, the eldest of 10 children to Harry Charles Kunde and Anna Mary (Miller) Kunde in Clinton, Iowa. He died on Friday January 7, 2022 at Covenant Mercy One in Waterloo, Iowa.

David attended many rural schools in Clinton and Jackson counties before attending Maquoketa School District, where he graduated in 1966. After graduation, he began farming near Zwingle. From November 1966 to September 1972, he served in the Army Reserves. In January 1974 a move was made to the farm in South Manchester, where a herd of Jerseys and the dairy industry became his business and his lifelong passion.

David has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Delaware County Dairy Council, the Iowa State Dairy Association, the Iowa Dairy Products Board, the Midwest Dairy Association, and the board of directors of the Swiss Valley Cooperative. He was the 4-H leader of the Milo Livestock 4-H club for 55 years. year. All of her children were part of the club and now her grandson Karl is a member. He also coached the Delaware County dairy judge teams during this time. The Delaware County 4-H Food Stand began 43 years ago, with their idea for a way to raise funds to provide 4-Hers with opportunities outside of the county. David has been honored as an Iowa Master Farmer, Meritorious Service to 4-H, Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame, AJCA Young Jersey Dairyman and Ralph Keeling Leadership Award.

During his lifetime David was the proudest of his children and grandchildren and could be found taking tractor rides, taking them fishing, stopping for ice cream, playing cards and ladies. He was sure to always include them in his daily activities, like collecting rocks or going on alligator rides to check crops and livestock. He took advantage of these moments to interact with them and pass on his love of agriculture to them.

On December 30, 1972, David married Donna Maria Durey in the United Methodist Church in Manchester. Four children were born from this union: Jennifer (Dave) Zumbach from Coggon, Carrie (Jason) Steele from Lockridge, Michael Kunde from Manchester and Daniel (Jill) Kunde from Manchester. Ten wonderful grandchildren are also part of the family, Karl, Will, Anna and Neal Zumbach; Briana, Natalie and Seth Steele; and Wesley Helle, Eloise and Evelyn Kunde.

He is also survived by three brothers, Gary (Mary Ann) Kunde of Bellevue, Steven (Joan) Kunde of Dubuque and Randy (Samantha) Kunde of Chehalis, Washington; four sisters, Mary Ann (Russ) Wenger of Rogersville, Missouri, Kathy (Roy) Snook of Tipton, AJ Kunde of Tinley Park, Illinois and Amy (Dale) Bargloff of Denver; two sisters-in-law, Jo Kunde from Zwingle and Lois Lampe de Cascade; two brothers-in-law, Forrest Durey Jr. of Manchester and Stan Durey d’Anacortes, Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents died before him; her in-laws, Forrest and Martha Durey; brothers Tim in infancy and Roger; and nephew Forrest Durey.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to start a scholarship in her honor through the Delaware County 4-H Foundation.

Online condolences can be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Due to concerns over COVID-19, masks are recommended at the funeral home and church.

Celebration of life with military rites: 11:00 a.m., Wednesday January 12, 2022, at Manchester United Methodist Church in Manchester, Iowa, with Reverend Phil Rogers officiating.

Visitation: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at the Leonard-Muller funeral home in Manchester. Friends can also call from 10:00 a.m. until church service time on Wednesday.

Deposit at a later date.


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