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Alan Kundinger

Mr. Alan Howard Kundinger, age 74, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2018. Beloved husband of Marion for over 24 years. Dear father of Trisia (Craig) Gotham, Phillip Alan Kundinger, Robert S. (Sandi) May, Kevin (Sara) May and Amy May. Grandfather of Raeven, Alex, Nick, Philip, Robert P., Lauren, Evan, Kara and Anthany. Great grandfather of Seraphina, Bryson and Landon. Brother of Gary (Linda) Kundinger, Krystal (Larry) Blymyer, Sharon Barb and Cheryl (Gary) Grauf. He was preceded in death by his parents; Kathlyn Kundinger and Howard Leo Ruffle, adoptive father; Howard C. Kundinger, nephews; Jamie, Ben & Michael and brother in law; Jim Barb. Alan Howard also leaves numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 12 noon at Fenton United Methodist Church, 119 S. Leroy St., Fenton. Friends may visit beginning at 11am. Reverend Jeff Jaggers officiating. Interment will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly at a later date. Alan or Howard as he was known in the Saginaw area was born in the summer of 1943 to Howard L. & Kathlyn Ruffle. He was a native of Saginaw, raised with 4 siblings. His father died at a young age and Alan and his brother were adopted by their mother’s new husband; Howard C. Kundinger. After Alan graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1961, he studied at U of M for his undergraduate degree. Then he joined the United States Air Force and served during Vietnam as an AC1. After returning home, Alan attended Central Michigan University and earned a Master’s degree. Alan used his knowledge and credentials as a PCP, AICP to develop planning projects throughout Michigan; including the Zilwaukee Bridge, the transportation system for east Central Michigan, the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Bay City and numerous other projects for the bay area. His resume also includes working as a Medical Administrator for SCHI, Vice President for Spicer Engineering, a City Planner for Saginaw County and eventually to own his own company; Kundinger and Associates. Alan was interested in photography and making movies; he even won awards for his photos. Alan was an avid bike rider and loved to Kayak. He enjoyed taking family and friends out on his pontoon on Pine Lake. Some of his other interests include supporting the Wild Life Foundation and Planetary society. Alan was an avid U of M fan. He shared a love for bridges and their architecture with Tiny Zehnder, and collaborated with Tiny on civil projects for the city of Frankenmuth. Alan had a big family and enjoyed getting together where there was lots of food and laughter. Being a father and a Papa was a significant part of Alan’s life. Alan’s sense of humor, lust for life and passion for Michigan will be forever appreciated and missed. Alan’s family gives much thanks to his special caregivers at Crestmont. His family also thanks Heartland Hospice for their exceptional care and love. In lieu of flowers , donations may be made to Heartland Hospice.

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Posted: Sat, April 21, 2018

Trisia & Phillip, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. Lots of great memories throughout the years as you two spent time at "Mama Carole's." Trisia, you were the first infant she took into her daycare and you were there so long, you were like my little sister. You started a trend as some of your cousins started coming there too! I can tell you that Mama Carole misses those days and so do I. You guys will always be family to us. Our condolences to your whole family at this difficult time. Your dad will be truly missed.

~Barb Starr    

Dear Marion,Just to say my thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family.

~Kathy TenWolde    

A. Howard (as he introduced himself to me) and I had two contacts over the years. In the early 1970s, I was a reporter at The Saginaw News and worked with him on many news stories, as he was the Director of Saginaw County Planning. People who plan for a living are fun to talk to, with dreams of how a development could become reality - he always had a story possibility ready. We had some early connections through my hometown of Sebewaing, where he also had relatives, too.

Then, about 25 years later (about 15 years ago), I recognized him when he came into our Mancino's of Fenton restaurant. We renewed our acquaintances, since we were now both living and working in Fenton, and again we dreamed a little and laughed a lot.

I never knew about his Vietnam service or his early childhood time, but I am proud that I knew him over the years. His family and friends should remember that part of him lives on through each of them -- and no one can take that away from us all.

~Mark Rummel    

Dear Marion, Kevin and Sara,

We are so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. We will never forgot the times we were able to spend with him at the lake house and at Kevin and Sara’s. Good times indeed. Such a kind man.

All of our love, Ted, Dawn and Alec Parent

~Dawn Parent    

Dear Family:     I wanted to convey my sincere regret for your recent loss.  In the difficult days ahead I hope you will find comfort in happy memories. Revelation 21:4 says that soon 'death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry nor pain be any more'.  We have the promise of seeing our loved ones again in a world with no more suffering.   You are in my thoughts and prayers.  For more comforting information go to www.jw.org




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