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Terrance Patrick Kunz

February 5, 1954 — September 13, 2023

Goodland, KS


Goodland, KS resident and former Canon City, CO resident Terrance Patrick Kunz, 69, passed away at his home in Goodland surrounded by his family on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.

Terry was born on February 5, 1954 in New Ulm, Minnesota to Willard and Alice (Eichten) Kunz.  He was one of 7 children.  He grew up and attended school in Denver, and graduated from South High School in Denver with the class of 1972.

On March 23, 1973, Terry married Denyse Marie Simpleman in Denver.  To this union, three children were born; Mellanie, Staci and TJ.

Terry was a big man with an even bigger heart, faith, and character. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He spent most of his career in different aspects of food service, while being involved in self- employment, fire chief of a volunteer fire department, rescued wild horses and burros, drove school bus for CCSD, and had the privilege of driving new recruits to MEPS in Denver.

Upon a series of events, Terry and Denyse had to relocate to Goodland, KS. The most difficult adjustment for Terry was not being able to listen to KRLN and participating in Riddle Me This and Webster's Journey. He truly missed his on-air friends Lobo, Tay, Caleb, and Ed.

Terry and his family are grateful for his beloved physicians: Dr. Sindler, Dr. Reppert, and Dr. Pacheco and his incredible staff at Rocky Mtn. Cancer Center. Their devotion, skill, and compassion are nothing short of Divine intervention.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and 3 brothers; Mike, John and Jim Kunz.He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Denyse of Goodland, KS, his children; Mellanie (Cleve) Trachsel of Goodland, KS, Staci (Jason) Hennick of Sharon Springs, KS and TJ (Jess) Kunz of Canon City, CO.  He is also survived by 4 grandchildren; Tyler (Savanna) Rodosevich of Sharon Springs, KS, Layne Goodwin (Trenton Mitchek) of Eads, CO, Haylee Hennick of Sharon Springs, KS and Chayton Goodwin of Goodland, KS; 2 great grandchildren Tyler and Banks; his brother and sisters Rick (Judy) Kunz, Mollye (Rex)Graber and Anna (Art) Ruble, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on September 30, at 10:00 a.m., at E-Free Church in Canon City, Colorado, officiated by Jim Thulson.

Memorial contributions may be designated to Northwest Kansas Hospice Services and may be sent to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, KS 67735.

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