Karlton Kunath

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Karlton ďLaneĒ Kunath, 91, of Spencer, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at the Longhouse-Northshire Care Center in Spencer.

A memorial service for Lane will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at St. Albanís Episcopal Church in Spirit Lake with Rev. Tom Early officiating.

A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Military Funeral Honors will be performed by American Legion Timpe Post No. 23 and the John W. Kidd VFW Post No. 4515 at the St. Albanís Episcopal Church Columbarium.

Lane was born on Nov. 10, 1925, in his familyís home in Spencer to Sumner and Bertha Miller Kunath. He graduated from the Spencer High School in 1943.

After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He reported to boot camp and Radio School in Farragut, Idaho. He served his country during the battles for Iwo Jima and Okinawa on the USS Hinsdale APA-120. He witnessed the flags go up at Iwo Jima. Lane was honorably discharged as a Radio Man 2/C on Sunday, Motherís Day, May 12, 1946. He was a life member of American Legion Post No. 1 and life member of VFW Post No. 3159 Clay County.

After returning home from the war, Lane attended and graduated from Jewelry Repair at the Kansas City School of Watchmaking and the School of Watch Making at Elgin Watchmakers College in Elgin, Illinois. He worked in Waterloo, Webster City and Spencer. He was untied in marriage to Lorma Robinson on Nov. 24, 1949. She preceded him in death on Oct. 7, 1993.

Lane was also on the Iowa State Board of Examiners in Watchmaking. He was also a member of British Horological Institute, Civil Air Patrol and served as a lieutenant in the '50s. He was an advanced class armature radio operator, licensed in 1961. He also served as a storm watcher for many years on amateur radio. Lane climbed and erected many towers for HAMs and other radio installations.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, H. Kay Kunath; and infant brother.

He is survived by his sons: David (Kristin) Kunath of Mankato, Minnesota, and Mark Kunath of Brownton, Minnesota; grandsons: Benjamin and Even Kunath, and Nick Kunath; granddaughter, Allison Kunath; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Kunath of Spencer, Iowa.

The Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.spiritlakefuneralhome.com.