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Alvin Kundert

June 26, 1925 - October 06, 2014

Gathering:

2-4:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

10-11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 13, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

4:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 13, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Arrangements:

Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Alvin Kundert

June 26, 1925 - October 06, 2014

Obituary

Alvin Elmer Kundert, 89, died October 5th, 2014 at his home in Hawley, MN.

Alvin “Al” was born June 26th, 1925 in Mound City, SD., the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Fiedler) Kundert.  He was 9 years old when the family moved to Casselton, ND., where they lived for two years before moving to Fargo.

On April 23rd, 1943, Al enlisted in the Army Air Corps.  In July 1943, after graduating from Fargo High School, he took basic training at Jefferson Barrick, MO., college training at Eau Claire, WI., State Teacher’s College; was classified at Santa Ana, CA., and completed training at Hondo, TX.  Lt. Alvin, 19, wascommissioned and received navigator’s wings at Hondo, TX. on August 20th, 1944, and then went on to Florida to attend radio school.  On March 23rd, 1945, he departed for the Asiatic Pacific.  While stationed on Tinian Island, as navigator of the 504th Bombardment Group, he took part in 28 bombing missions over Japan in the B-29 Superfortress “Good Deal”.  The “Good Deal” took part in WWII’s longest bombing mission flight.  The flight took them from Tinian to their target where they dropped mines in the Sea of Japan, and returned.  He left Tinian November 28th, 1945, and was honorably discharged January 8th, 1946.

After his service, Al worked as a flight instructor and crop sprayer in the Fargo area.  During his flying career, he survived five crashes with only minor injuries.  Al also worked in automobile sales, the auto insurance industry, and other various sales jobs, while living in Minot, ND., and Brainerd, MN.  During Al’s 36 years in Brainerd, he made many life-long friendships with people who shared his interests.  He was very active in the community becoming well-known throughout the surrounding area.

In October 2000, he moved to Hawley, MN.  He always said he “moved there to be closer to his golf cart” at the Ponderosa Golf Course, where he and his brother Del golfed as many as 1,000 or more holes per season.  He made many friends around the area and at Ponderosa Golf course, where he worked part-time until his passing.  Weekly outings were made to the Spot Lite Bar to meet friends for a few pitchers of beer and games of pool and darts.

Al had a very competitive spirit. This came out in his golfing, bowling, softball playing, dart throwing, and various other athletic activities.  He enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially hunting, camping, and fishing.  Softball was also a passion for Al.  He coached women’s slow-pitch teams, and played in the Old Timer’s league, and participated in many tournaments.

While living in Minot, he was president of the ND Bowling Association.  He held many offices in the Brainerd Bowling Association including president.  He was instrumental in organizing tournaments for the association from the 1960’s to the 1980’s.  Al was a very accomplished bowler himself, always ranked at or near the top of the area bowlers.

Al was very proud to be a Veteran and a patriotic American. 

Al is survived by his sons, Randy (Penny) Kundert, Kye (Joy) Kundert; and grandchildren, Sara Macon, and Starr and Jett Kundert; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert “Prince”, Woodrow, and Del; sister, Lillian; and sons, Rocky and Val.

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  1. Andre LeBlanc says:

    Fargo ND
    I’m so sorry to hear about Al’s passing. As a member of the Ponderosa Golf Club, I always enjoyed chatting with him in the club house. He had a great sense of humor and was very warm and friendly to talk to. He will be greatly missed and remembered always.

  2. Tom Taylor says:

    Hawley MN
    Before I retired I got to know your father very well through daily visits, even continuing those after my retirement when I was able. He told me some great stories about his time flying bombing missions, and we shared a love for music from the 40’s. I enjoyed those visits, and will miss getting to chat with him and here stories of things from a different era.

    May he rest easy, and my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  3. Kim (Schuety) Johnston says:

    brainerd MnSorry for your loss your dad was always good to my sister Vicki even after Rocky and her weren’t together! They would have coffee and bs! I believe that Vicki and Rocky were waiting with coffee when he got to heaven!!
    Kim

  4. Bruce and Judy Hoover says:

    Fargo We are so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. We really enjoyed visiting with Al at the golf course, the interesting conversations and his wonderful sense of humor.

  5. Robert & Cecelia Grzywinski and Thersa Grzywinski says:

    Pittsburgh Pa To the Family of Alvin Kundert
    My family and I we able to Meet Alvin and his Son Kye a few years ago.Al and My Father were crew members on the Good Deal 27 In WWII. They were the 2 youngest and last living suviours of there crew.
    For my fathers 80th Birthday I was able to reunite them. There never got a chance to say good bye when the war ended and we didn’t even know anything about Al, other than the stories My father told us about the War. Well after 65 years they finally meet and spent the weekend together, talking about there war stories and close calls.
    Al and His son Kye are great people. We are all glad we have the chance to meet them both.We are all going to miss Al and there friendship. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.Find strength in the Lord.
    Al, thank for serving and protecting our Country

    God Bless you and your Family

    The Grzywinski Family

    Robert, Cecelia,Jennifer, Ed, Joe and Theresa

  6. Laura Groen says:

    Golden COMy sympathies to Kye, Joy, Starr & Jett.
    Reading Al’s obituary – he was an accomplished man. I think I only met him once – Easter 2013 at Joy & Kye’s house.

  7. Mel Bennefeld says:

    Fargo, ND
    Sorry to hear that Al passed on, we knew him for many years and he was one our valued and dependable employees while we had the Ponderosa Golf Club, you could always depend on him being on time, getting the cleaning done and always happy to see and greet the customer

  8. Tana Shereck says:

    Our deepest sympathies to you all. Praying for comfort and peace for you all.
    Tana, Paul, Brooklyn and Samantha

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