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Anton Kuntz

Apr 10, 2021

June 8, 1931 – Apr. 1, 2021

Anton Kuntz, age 89 of

Rugby, North Dakota, en-

tered eternal life on

Thursday, April 1, 2021 at

the Heart of America Care

Center, Rugby. Anton

was born on June 8, 1931

in the rural farm home of

his parents, Julius and

Mary (Haman) Kuntz,

northwest of Orrin, North

Dakota. Anton was reared

on the family farm of his

parents and received his

education through the 8th

grade in a country school

near his home. He then

started farming with his

father. He would later

complete his GED diplo-

ma. Anton married a

wonderfully beautiful

young lady, Johanna

“Jane” Wentz on June 10,

1952. He took one look at

her and said, “she’s going

to make me a better

person”. Following their

marriage, the couple took

over the Kuntz family

farm in September of

1952, and together they

farmed and started raising

their large family. Even-

tually they purchased the

farm and expanded it by

purchasing the Haman

family farm the following

year. In addition to

managing the farm, Anton

was immensely proud of

his time selling the

“Farmer” magazine and

monuments for which he

was awarded numerous

trips and vacations.

Anton loved to travel

and even obtained his

private pilot’s license in

the mid 1950’s. He was

not without adversity, as

he suffered a farming ac-

cident sustaining an inju-

ry to his lower back

which required surgery to

repair, however it left him

with left leg issues. While

he was no longer able to

continue farming, he con-

tinued his sales career un-

til the winter of 1973,

when health no longer al-

lowed him to continue

covering his sales territo-


After considering mul-

tiple towns, the couple

decided on Bottineau due

to their love of the area,

good schools for their

children, and they found

a house that was perfect

to continue raising their

family together and remo-

deled it with the help of

his father. Anton keeping

his mind busy and active,

embarked on a lifelong

journey and developed a

passion for collecting an-

tiques. He loved getting

out of the house and start-

ed out buying items that

would interest him at auc-

tions. Eventually, this led

him to finding his greatest

collecting passion . . .

North Dakota license

plates. Anton and Jane

traveled all over the Unit-

ed States, making a great

number of lifelong friends

along the way, in search

of elusive and rare North

Dakota plates. They at-

tended many license plate

conventions, visiting

every State except for

Hawaii, only because be-

ing a pilot he did not want

to fly that long. When he

was no-longer able to con-

tinue traveling and col-

lecting, he had amassed a

complete set of North

Dakota license plates,

which not even the ar-

chives of the State of

North Dakota could

match. This was his most

prized collection.

During one of their trav-

el adventures in 1988, An-

ton and Jane stopped to

visit his sister Eva in Ar-

izona. They loved the

area so much that they

purchased a winter home

there spending 5 to 6

months a year for the next

17 years. The couple

started a Labor Day tradi-

tion in the early 1980’s –

picking a unique holiday

for an annual family reun-

ion, so it was easier for all

to attend, opening up

their Bottineau home to

all of his children and

their families. In 1997,

they held a reunion that

was attended by everyone

in the family . . . WOW!

Family was always im-

portant to Anton and he

will be dearly missed by

family and friends.

He is survived by his

wife, Jane of 68 years,

Rugby; his 12 children,

Richard, Patrick (Lisa), all

of Rugby; Julius, Mandan;

Ann (Anthony) Jorde,

Towner; Susanna (Ken-

neth) Jorde, Sioux Falls,

SD; Dorothy (Alvin)

Kuntz, Dickinson; Linda

(Randy) Gimbel, Russell;

Hiedi (Gary) Gutowski,

Wausau, WI; Mark (Cin-

dy), Rugby; Donavan

(Gail), Denver, CO; Brad-

ley (Misty), Savage, MN &

James of Bowling Green,

KY; 22 grandchildren; 33

great-grandchildren; his 5

siblings, Eva Wylie, Mag-

gie Degenstein, Cecilia

Heil, Theresa Wangler,

and Raymond (Lois)

Kuntz; sister-in-law, Mar-

lene Wentz; many nieces,

nephews, other relatives

and friends. Anton will

now be reunited with his

parents, grandparents,

brothers-in-law, James

Wylie, Leo Degenstein,

Marvin Heil, Leonard

Wangler, Anton Wentz,

Valentine Wentz, and

Steve Mosser; and

sister-in-law, Loretta


Mass of Christian Buri-

al: 2:00 p.m. Wednesday,

April 7th at the Little

Flower Catholic Church,

Rugby with burial in the

church cemetery. Father

Frank Miller, Celebrant.

Organist: Glenda Mack

Vocalist/Cantor: Robert


Liturgy of the Word:

Amanda Matehs & Tara


The Casket Bearers:

Derrick Kuntz, Jesse

Kuntz, Eric Kuntz, Micha-

el Gimbel, Nathan Jorde,

Jason Kuntz, Robert Kuntz

& Jason Jorde

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby.

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