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925 S 27th Street
BILLINGS, MT 59101
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
Dominic Kunda

Dominic Anthony Kunda

Friday, August 4th, 1933 - Saturday, April 20th, 2019
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Dominic Anthony Kunda is now in heaven with the Lord. A devout Catholic, he passed away on April 20, 2019.
Dominic was born on August 4, 1933 to John and Della Kunda in the community of St. Philip in Wibaux County, Montana. As the fifth of eleven children, Dominic grew up on the family farm in Wibaux. As is farm life, there were many chores, as well as many shenanigans that children and young adults can come up with to entertain each other.
Dominic completed his high school years at Sacred Heart High School in Miles City, MT in 1950. He then went into construction. While it was a daily job, it was also a hobby for him throughout his life. In 1955, Dominic joined the Northern Pacific Railroad, where he began as a fireman and retired as an Engineer, after more than 30 years. From 1956 through 1958, Dominic was a helicopter crew chief during the Korean War. Dominic was sent to Japan, where he spent most of his time. In 1959, Dominic married Mary Steiner (Glendive). They met each other through Jake Steiner, Mary’s uncle and friend of Dominic. Dominic and Mary then moved to Laurel where he continued railroading and they started their family, having five children from 1963 to 1969. Ronald (Cheryl) Kunda - ND, Della (Richard) Copp - MI, Kenneth (Annette) Kunda - MT, MaryAnn Kunda (deceased) and Laura (Chuck) Jensen - CO. Dominic has eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and many extended family members throughout the United States.
Dominic’s love of farming and construction never ceased throughout his life. He and Mary purchased a large lot on the west side of Laurel where Dominic built their home by his own hand in 1967. He planted a large garden, worthy of owning a small tractor that he used for plowing. In his 50’s, Dominic also picked up the game of golf. He played many rounds with friends and family and back in the day, easily surpassing “10,000 steps to good health” during a game.
As a devout Catholic, Dominic joined the Knights of Columbus in 1950. He held many offices, including Grand Knight of the Laurel Council. He gave of his construction talent through helping build the new St. Philip Church in Wibaux and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Laurel, MT. He volunteered for every church dinner and breakfast. He could be found cooking up a storm, serving coffee and washing dishes. St. Anthony’s could always depend on him to fix anything from a dripping faucet, climbing the scaffolding to change a light bulb or to build the Grotto. Dominic raised his four children, not to fear God, but always believe that he was part of their lives to guide them.
Dominic is proceeded in death by his parents, his daughter MaryAnn, two grandsons and three brothers and three sisters.
A Rosary Memorial will be held Friday, April 26 at 7:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home in Laurel, MT.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 27, 10:30 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Laurel, MT. Burial will be held at Laurel Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Condolences may be shared at smith funeral chapels.com.
Dominic, Always A Carpenter

The family requests that flowers are not sent due to several pollen allergies within the family. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to a charity of your choice.
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• Riverstone Health Foundation – Riverstone Health Hospice – In Memory of Dominic Kunda
123 South 27th Street | Billings, MT 59101
• St. Vincent Frontier Cancer Center
1315 Golden Valley Circle | Billings, MT 59102
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 7:00pm
    Location
    Smith Chapel-Laurel
    Address
    315 E. Third Street
    LAUREL, MT
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    Vigil Service begins at 7:00 P.M. at Smith Laurel Chapel
  • Service

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Saint Anthony's Catholic Church
    Address
    715 4th Avenue
    LAUREL, MT
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    A Vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at the Smith Chapel in Laurel 315 East 3rd Street
  • Interment

    Location
    Laurel Cemetery
    Address
    31 Buffalo Trail road
    LAUREL, MT 59066
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Priscilla T.

Posted at 07:38am
To the family of Dominic Anthony Kunda, I offer my deepest apologies. Enduring the loss of a loved one in death is a burden far too heavy to bear alone. As you face such trying circumstances, Psalm 55:22 encourages you to "throw your burden on Jehovah(God), and he will sustain you". May the hopeful words He has promised at 1 Corinthians 15:26 help sustain you in your time of grief.-jw.org

Christine Johnston

Posted at 11:28pm
So many very fun memories of Dom from our travels abroad and his to Wisconsin. Always in my thoughts. Christine Johnston
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Tami Mapula (Kuntz)

Posted at 02:37pm
So long my dear uncle... you were always one of my favorites. I have a wonderful picture of the two of us at the Kunda family reunion that I will forever cherish. You will be missed by us all.
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