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Tony Kunitz '43 December 21, 2016 9:03 AM updated: December 21, 2016 9:05 AM

Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2016

Tony Kunitz
Tony Kunitz


Tony Kunitz, 93, went to be with the Lord on Thursday December 15, 2016 following a short illness. Tony was born to Richard Kunitz, Sr. and Cecile Bomba Kunitz on December 25, 1922 in Sinton, Texas. He was a practicing Roman Catholic and attended Sinton High School, Texas A&M, College Station and Texas A&I, Kingsville. He married Joan Tollett of Berclair, Texas on April 2, 1956. He started welding at 18 years of age and started H&K Construction Company, Inc. in 1950 and H&K Vacuum Truck, Inc. from 1962-2004. Long hours and hard work were the guidelines on which Tony based his success for over 40 years in the pipeline construction industry. At one time H&K Construction Company, Inc. was considered one of the largest non-union pipeline construction companies in the world. In 1991, Tony retired but only on a part-time basis. Tony devoted his time to ranching, bird hunting and attending prize fights. Tony was unselfish and was known for his giving heart. Tony has been honored through the years for assisting many individuals, organizations and communities.

He was preceded in death by Richard and Cecile Kunitz, Dickie Kunitz, Col Maricielis Kunitz, Ralph Kunitz, Richard Kunitz. Jr., Jon Kunitz,Jr., Rickie Kunitz, Agnes Liles, Chas and Nell Tollett and Mary Nell Rooke.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joan Kunitz and faithful and beloved Paul Ohler and Nancy Wood, Cecil (Bill) Martin of Arlington, Bill (Annette) Liles of Georgetown,Mike (Kathy) Liles of Killeen, Dr. Richard Anthony (Elaine) Liles of Largo, Florida.

A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 PM Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Paul Rajareegam as celebrant. Private burial will follow at the Sinton Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matt Petrus, Will Petrus, Rob Thomas, Justin Ohler, Brian Barnick, Danny Lorberau and Chris Arriaga. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Horne, Houston, Broughton, Buddy Wood, Hughes Thomas, David Edwards, Ronnie Smothers, Dr. Rene Acuna and Dr. Mickey Wiener and the many men that he treasured and loved, you know who you are and you meant the world to Tony. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the San Patricio and Aransas County Agriculture and Homemakers Show (A&H Show) or a . A meal will be served after the mass at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds Civic Center.

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