OBITUARY

David Allen Kunsky

September 7, 1936March 8, 2021
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David Allen Kunsky was born on August 17, 1936 at Summit Hospital in Oconomowoc, WI to Rose Kunsky and Wayne Ludwig.

He was adopted by his Uncle Sam and Aunt Elise Kunsky who raised him as their own. He grew up as an only child and moved across the United States with his family living in places such as Washington State, San Diego CA, and Hayward CA. Where as a young child, he spent most of his time taking care of his mother who had several chronic illnesses. During his time in Hayward, he met his lifelong friend Hartwell Tibbets and his siblings. After his mother passed away in his early teens, His Father, Sam would eventually remarry and relocate the family to Locust Grove, OK. This caused David to split his high school years between San Lorenzo Highschool in Hayward, and Locust Grove Highschool, the latter of which he participated in 4H (Future Farmers of America), Track, and Varsity Football. After Graduating from Locust Grove in 1954, he immediately enlisted into the United States Navy in August of the same year. While in bootcamp, David began corresponding with Hartwell’s Sister, La Verne. They continued to write to each other through his A-School where he learned the trade of electrician and during his first few enlisted years, eventually marrying on June 12, 1958. La Verne gave birth to their first-born child, Anna Denise Kunsky, on November 28, 1959 in Key West, FL. Two years later, they had their second child, David Allen Kunsky Jr. on August 16, 1961 in Waukegan, IL. David went on to be commissioned as an ensign upon completion of OCS (Officer Candidate School) in January 1962. From OCS he was ordered to the USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938) where he served initially as Communications Officer and later as Main Propulsion Officer. His next assignment began as Main Propulsion Officer aboard the USS Chilton (APA-38) in January of 1964. He was rotated to Communications Officer during and the Dominican Republic Crisis he served as Operations Officer. David joined landing ship squadron Three in November of 1965 as Executive Officer of the USS Blanco County (LST-344) and served in that billet until June 1967 when he assumed command of the USS Pitkin County (LST-1082) operating in Vietnam. In September of 1968 he was assigned as training director at the prospective commanding officers’ school in Coronado, CA. After this billet, David finished his naval career in San Diego, CA where he filled several important roles for the Navy, including being a member of the evaluation team for the Navy’s first computerized command ship, the USS Blueridge and retired from the Navy in June of 1976, concluding nearly twenty-two years of naval service. After the conclusion of his naval career, David chose to pursue a degree of Bachelor of Arts History, graduating on January 31, 1981. He also pursued a teaching credential and filled his early retirement years with some occasional substitute teaching. During his retirement, outside of his hobbies, which included cycling, reading, watching college football, and singing in church choir, he continued to devote his life to the Lord. He began spending much of his free time dedicated to different ministries. Some of his most notable ministries he was involved in include: The Rock Church Military Ministry, Navigators Military Ministry, and CRU Military Ministry.

David was an absolutely devoted follower of Christ and did not have a problem telling you he was. He is remembered as an up-beat, full of energy and excited God-fearing man who loved making people laugh and putting smiles on everyone’s faces. David leaves wife, La Verne, of 62 years. His Daughter Denise and her Husband, Dale and their children Billy and Sydnee, and her husband Aaron. As well as Son David and his wife Julie, and their children James and Emma.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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Memories

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Rudy Gonzales

May 9, 2021

Miss you walking your 🐕 dog.Also riding your 10 speed.passing are street Jasper Ave. Your neighbor Jr. God bless your soul. Christian brother. Steak dinner thank you. Memories.

Eric Siaca

May 3, 2021

Mr. Kunsky, I sure am going to miss our weekly phone calls and all your wisdom and encouragement... Semper Fi

Penny Burnside

April 18, 2021

The whole world would never be the same without out. You are such a Fiona. And I feel so much of the warmth and caring for your family my. God bless your family

Noila Perri

April 14, 2021

We are so saddened to hear of Mr. Dave’s passing. We have been so lucky to have been his next door neighbor for about 8 years. He was the first neighbor we met and he was always so kind and friendly. He welcomed us right away and loved seeing our little boys grow. I still remember the toy truck he bought my oldest son for his birthday. And all the homemade greeting cards he would make us. ♥️ We miss you Mr. Dave. May God bless your family and fill them with peace in the midst of your absence here. I will picture you walking your old dog, Dusty, amongst the clouds in heaven. 🙏🏽 Until we all meet again.

Joe Koppel

April 12, 2021

Dave, made an impact for the Lord to so many people, me included. He was a mentor and friend. He would call me every 2-3 months to check in on me, lift me up in prayer and encourage me as he did with so many. A true ambassador of God. Love you Brother Dave. We are sad that you are gone but elated that you have gone on to your great reward in Heaven and I'm sure that your rewards will be great!
-Joe

William Travers

April 4, 2021

David and I served together between 1964-1966 on the U.S.S. Chilton, APA-38. Just the other day my wife Suzanne and I were watching a video from 1965 of the ships arrival into Norfolk. Laverne was filming us as we rejoined our families. Our first son Chris followed by our other 2 sons Michael and Peter all used the same baby crib. It was David and Laverne that gave us the crib.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Bill and Suzanne Travers

Tom Kurland

March 27, 2021

I served with Dave teaching the Bible to US Marine recruits. I feel blessed to have served with him. I look forward to seeing him again. Tom Kurland

Doug Barron

March 24, 2021

I met Dave through a mutual friend as I was looking to grow the team of teachers at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Dave had been involved at MCRD in previous years and was very happy to be able to return there and be part of our team.
Dave was a spunky, effervescent guy who was always full of encouragement and enthusiasm. We all considered him the patriarch of the team as he was a good 15 years older and wiser than all the others on the team. He knew how to call to attention the recruits in his class and he always kept them attentive with his stories and his lessons. Dave always had funny quips and stories to amuse the young recruits. He always knew how to get his point across.
Dave could make a friend at the drop of a hat and we kidded him about how he knew all the Starbucks workers in the south bay area of San Diego. Dave was an avid bike rider and he would stop at different Starbucks all around the south bay to get some refreshment.
Dave knew he was going to heaven; he believed God’s promises in the Bible. It is the hope of this Easter season. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (Jn. 11:25-26) Dave believed this. He taught this to recruits every Sunday while he was on the team. Dave loved his time at MCRD and the recruits loved him because he was a grandfather figure to them and they loved his frankness and honesty. They all heard about Laverne and the importance of finding a Godly wife and how that is such an important decision.
Dave, I'm sure you are serving in heaven in your same kind and thoughtful way as you did here! My God richly bless the extended Kunsku family!!

Doug Barron
Former Director Cru Military San Diego.

Stephen Duke

March 24, 2021

David was such a faithful Warrior for Christ. My favorite memory of David was how he passionately preached the gospel to recruits at MCRD San Diego. Even after he lost his sight in one eye, he continued to come each Sunday and minister to the recruits. Like King David in the Bible, I believe David Kunsky was a man after God's own heart.

David Sona

March 23, 2021

And Dave said-"send me LORD". And HE did. You loved on the recruits at MCRD. Then knew it. And you reflected the light of the LORD. And they saw it. The Holy Spirit used you Sir to bring them to HIM. Well done good and faithful servant. We will meet again brother. Love in CHRIST, David

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David &La Verne at daughter's Denise & Dale's wedding

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Grandpa & 1st born grandson Billy

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Grandpa with grandkids Sydnee & Billy

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Granddaughter Sydnee & Aaron's wedding

Biography

David Allen Kunsky was born on August 17, 1936 at Summit Hospital in Oconomowoc, WI to Rose Kunsky and Wayne Ludwig.

He was adopted by his Uncle Sam and Aunt Elise Kunsky who raised him as their own. He grew up as an only child and moved across the United States with his family living in places such as Washington State, San Diego CA, and Hayward CA. Where as a young child, he spent most of his time taking care of his mother who had several chronic illnesses. During his time in Hayward, he met his lifelong friend Hartwell Tibbets and his siblings. After his mother passed away in his early teens, His Father, Sam would eventually remarry and relocate the family to Locust Grove, OK. This caused David to split his high school years between San Lorenzo Highschool in Hayward, and Locust Grove Highschool, the latter of which he participated in 4H (Future Farmers of America), Track, and Varsity Football. After Graduating from Locust Grove in 1954, he immediately enlisted into the United States Navy in August of the same year. While in bootcamp, David began corresponding with Hartwell’s Sister, La Verne. They continued to write to each other through his A-School where he learned the trade of electrician and during his first few enlisted years, eventually marrying on June 12, 1958. La Verne gave birth to their first-born child, Anna Denise Kunsky, on November 28, 1959 in Key West, FL. Two years later, they had their second child, David Allen Kunsky Jr. on August 16, 1961 in Waukegan, IL. David went on to be commissioned as an ensign upon completion of OCS (Officer Candidate School) in January 1962. From OCS he was ordered to the USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938) where he served initially as Communications Officer and later as Main Propulsion Officer. His next assignment began as Main Propulsion Officer aboard the USS Chilton (APA-38) in January of 1964. He was rotated to Communications Officer during and the Dominican Republic Crisis he served as Operations Officer. David joined landing ship squadron Three in November of 1965 as Executive Officer of the USS Blanco County (LST-344) and served in that billet until June 1967 when he assumed command of the USS Pitkin County (LST-1082) operating in Vietnam. In September of 1968 he was assigned as training director at the prospective commanding officers’ school in Coronado, CA. After this billet, David finished his naval career in San Diego, CA where he filled several important roles for the Navy, including being a member of the evaluation team for the Navy’s first computerized command ship, the USS Blueridge and retired from the Navy in June of 1976, concluding nearly twenty-two years of naval service. After the conclusion of his naval career, David chose to pursue a degree of Bachelor of Arts History, graduating on January 31, 1981. He also pursued a teaching credential and filled his early retirement years with some occasional substitute teaching. During his retirement, outside of his hobbies, which included cycling, reading, watching college football, and singing in church choir, he continued to devote his life to the Lord. He began spending much of his free time dedicated to different ministries. Some of his most notable ministries he was involved in include: The Rock Church Military Ministry, Navigators Military Ministry, and CRU Military Ministry.

David was an absolutely devoted follower of Christ and did not have a problem telling you he was. He is remembered as an up-beat, full of energy and excited God-fearing man who loved making people laugh and putting smiles on everyone’s faces. David leaves wife, La Verne, of 62 years. His Daughter Denise and her Husband, Dale and their children Billy and Sydnee, and her husband Aaron. As well as Son David and his wife Julie, and their children James and Emma.