Carl L. Kunath

Dec 30, 2020


11:00 AM on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 W 4th St., Waterloo. A recording of the service is posted below. 


Visitation will be held from 4-6 PM Thursday January 7, 2021 at Locke Funeral Home

The family asks that all those in attendance wear a mask and practice social distancing.


Private family burial will take place in the Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery


May be directed to Alternatives Pregnancy Center or to the family. Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family.


Carl L. Kunath, 79, of Waterloo, died December 30, at The Elm Assisted Living at Parkview Senior Living, Reinbeck.

He was born on March 20, 1941 in Teaneck, NJ; the son of Lawrence E. and Kathryn (Clyatt) Kunath.

Carl graduated from Bob Jones Academy and Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.

He married Tamara Kay Fenton on June 26, 1965 at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Waterloo.

Carl worked as a buyer/purchasing agent for John Deere and Co. for 30 years, retiring in 2009; he also worked for Kunath Furniture. He was a member of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church and Turkey Foot Longrifles.

He is survived by his wife, Tamara; son, Ed (Tiffin) Kunath; daughter, Laura (Brian) Norman; daughter, Rosemary (Gentry) Jones; five grandchildren; and brother, Bruce (Sandra) Kunath.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. Stephen Schultz | Jan 13, 2021
    Words and expressions of eloquence by others come to me, and are far more meaningful than any I could create.  Among them are: "Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage, against the dying of the light." In spite of a rugged prognosis, Carl raged on, until, of course, it became time for him to accept that  "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women must, in time, play their part.  They have their exits and their entrances."   Ed's recollections, both those spoken during the service and those shared more privately, are worth hearing, because he, like his father, is perceptive. If you are lucky, and if you listen, he just might share some of these recollections with you.  Carl was capable of, and did recognize, that simplicity could be drawn from complexity, and he lived by that process. And I suspect that he also knew this:  ""The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." and furthermore, that, "..we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly, into the past."  I know that Carl applied this process to his own life by the sheer force of his own convictions. He tried his best to follow those convictions, and in the end, he found that just as he suspected, life was not always fair. Yet he always tried to "do the right thing".  I believe he encouraged his children to follow that path.. That was Carl's magnificent effort.      
  2. Gary and Betty Reif | Jan 07, 2021
    So sorry to hear of Carl's passing.  Please know that we are thinking of you and your families.   
  3. Sharon Rokes | Jan 06, 2021
    Carl Kunath's Family, I am so sorry for your loss.  You are in mythoughts and prayers!  I worked with Carl way back at Walgreens.  Then I would see him about town and we would always speak.  He was always pleasant and had a smile on his face!
  4. Sandra Kunath | Jan 06, 2021

    My brother, Carlton, will be missed as we shared so many common interests with each other through the years.  We had so much fun growing up.

    Bruce and Sandy, nephews Kevin, Jonathan, and families are sending heartfelt sympathy to Tammy, Ed, Laura, and Rosemary with love.  Brother and Uncle were special to all.


  5. Dale J Costello | Jan 05, 2021

    We were very sorry to hear about Carl.  You all have our deepest condolences.  You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time.  

    -Dale (fellow KP classmate of Ed's & from Iowa).

  6. Mike Henning | Jan 04, 2021
    Sorry about the loss of Carl.  I enjoyed working with him at John Deere.  I was doing Supplier Quality Engineering for some of the products he purchased.  Mike Henning
  7. Stan Huhman | Jan 04, 2021
    I knew Carl working with and around him at John Deere.  My sympathy to the family.
  8. Wanda Bergstrom | Jan 04, 2021

    Tammy, I am so sorry to hear about Carl.  I know the loss you are feeling now.  My prayers are with you and your family as you go through this tough time.  I earnestly pray that God will draw all of you closer to Him at this time. 

    I remember the good times we had in the Sonshiners Class.  It was so long ago, but the memories do not go away.  I really appreciated Carl's gentle spirit, and yours, also, Tammy.  He is in our precious Lord's arms now.

    Wanda Bergstrom

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