Passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 13th, 2022 at age 89. He is the son of the late Anton and Margaretha (Zeeck) Kuntz a former UPS driver and housewife. He is survived by his ever loving sister Nancy Elizabeth Morris; nieces and nephews, Perry Kuntz II, Daniel (Renee) Kuntz, Dean (Laura) Kuntz, Darrell Kuntz, Duane (Bruce) Kuntz, Dirk (Nanette) Kuntz, Kevin (Cindy) Roever, Keith (Christy) Roever, Amber (Bruce) Pickar, Cassandra (Pete) Schmitz, Elizabeth Gehl, Maria (James) Kicklighter, and Mark Gehl. Dale is further survived by his brother-in-law Phred Meyers, niece’s widower Scott Winters, many great nieces and nephews along with his dear friends. Besides his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brothers, Perry (the late Joyce) Kuntz, Wayne (the late Marion and Marge) Kuntz, his sisters Lois Ann (the late Clarion) Roever and Sandra Meyers along with a beloved niece Annamarie Winters.
Dale was known as the Milwaukee Movie Historian (Mr. Movies) and had many articles written about his vast knowledge of anything cinema. He grew up on Lisbon Ave. where his family went to the movies on Sundays just a hop, skip and a jump from his original family home. His love affair of movies began at the tender age of 6 when he watched Jeanette MacDonald in the musical “Sweethearts”. For over 50 years, Dale had his own film society – Followers of Old Films or “FOOFs”. He created and named his own theatre in the basement after his all-time favorite movie, “Gone With the Wind” (Tiny Tara Theater). A movie with Dale would not be complete without anecdotes and buckets of his famous popcorn. Dale shared his collection of Hollywood Movies with the Charles Allis Art Museum and patrons showing classics every month.
To his family and close friends, he was known for his themed holiday parties with the main focus on Christmas. There wasn’t a stone left unturned that didn’t have a talking, walking or holiday-lights decoration on it. Even the bathroom was decorated, and once you made it out, there were more decorations waiting for you on the other side. In Dale’s words, “As I always tell anyone (who will listen to me)…Christmas is my favorite word and favorite time of the year. And, I know it is because of all my memories, my Christmas ones are the closest times I spent with those I love the most…Mama, and Daddy, my brothers and sisters, Grandma and Grandpa Zeeck, Nana, cousins, nieces and nephews and friends.” His love of the holiday meant sending his family a yearly Christmas memory photo book with written highlights of Christmas past and present helping to keep the memories alive into the future for generations to come. To Dale, Christmas meant FAMILY!
Life for Dale would not be complete without the love of a dog in it, particularly the Wired Haired Terrier. Dale’s love for the “Thin Man” movies introduced him to this breed he never wavered from and most of their names were derived from the characters in those classic tales (Myrna, Pitty Pat, Nickie, Asta, Nora and surviving fur buddy, Ginger.)
To sum up Dale, he was passionate about LIFE, FAMILY and FRIENDS. And if you didn’t know you were loved, you weren’t paying attention. Thank you, Dale, for creating the movie of your life we all had parts in. Dale will be greatly missed by his family and all his friends that became his family.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 2862 North 53rd Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1:00 PM to 3:45 PM. Funeral Service at 4:00 PM. Interment at Pinelawn Memorial Park on Monday, February 21, 2022.
The following link will be a live stream of the service and will be active for one year. https://www.mtcalvary-mke.org/funeral—dale-edmund-kuntz