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John E. Kundred

Published on -4/15/2014, 10:20 AM

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John E. Kundred, 90, Hays, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Harvard Square Assisted Living, Aurora, Colo., where he had been a resident since January.

He was born Sept. 9, 1923, in Shenandoah, Pa., to Alex and Anna Kundred. He graduated in 1941 from J.W. Cooper High School in Shenandoah.

He married Mary Alice Staab in 1943. They were married 70 years before she preceded him in death March 9, 2013. He was a retired truck driver from Graves Truck Line. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, with his service including the Air Offensive Japan, China Defensive and India Burma Air Combat. His decorations included Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, with four Bronze Service Stars, American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

He was an avid baseball player and coach, having played for the Catharine Owls. He coached Little League and American Legion teams, with one of his Legion teams winning a state championship. He was the girls' softball coach at Fort Hays State University.

Survivors include a daughter, Jacqueline "Jackie" Havel, Denver; five grandchildren, Curt Kundred and wife, Julia, Danville, Calif., Jenny Leichner and husband, Dave, and Eric Kundred and wife, Shahna, all of Highlands Ranch, Colo., David Havel and wife, Julie, Golden, Colo., and Kristi Garcia and husband, Nick, Littleton, Colo.; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Cecilia Staab, Hays; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John A. Kundred Jr.; a brother, Alex Kundred; a sister, Anne Yuditsky; and a daughter-in-law, Lynna Kundred.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, with military honors by Hays VFW.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at Brock's Funeral Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

A rosary will be at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Masses in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.

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