Dominic Anthony Kunda is now in heaven with the Lord. A devout Catholic, he passed away on April 20, 2019.
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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.
• 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