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OBITUARY: 1st Col. - O. J. Kundert Passes Monday At Mound City, S.D.
Otto J. Kundert, well known and prominent resident of Campbell County, South Dakota, died Monday night, January 9, at his home in Mound City. Funeral services have been tentatively set for Friday, January 13, at 2 p.m., at the Baptist church at Herreid, with Rev. Knaus of Eureka officiating. Interment will be made in Fairview cemetery at Herreid.
Otto J. Kundert, son of John Kundert and Elizabeth Kundert (nee Schock) was born in Berlin, South Russia, where his father was a school teacher in the colony, on July 26, 1888. In 1894 his parents moved to Friedorf and established a home there.
In 1904 the family immigrated to the United States and settled at Menno, South Dakota, where an older brother, Karl, had settled down five years earlier. In July of the same year the family came to Campbell County and bought the farm of Andrew Kundert. Here Otto grew to manhood with three other brothers, all attending the local country schools. Later Otto attended high school at Bowdle and then taught school for about ten years.
In 1913 he was united in marriage with Maria Rieger. This union was blessed with nine children, five boys and four girls. One girl passed away in infancy. Three of the boys served in the Air Corps during World War II.
Otto Kundert took a prominent and active part in the civic and political life of his community as well as carrying on his occupation of farming. He was straightforward, capable and efficient and was called upon to serve in many capacities including that of county commissioner, county assessor, three terms as a state legislator and others. He has been serving as county highway superintendent for the past six years in Campbell County, retiring from the farm to live in Mound City.
Surviving are his wife; five sons, (all married except Roy), Gustav of Chicago; Victor of Mound City; Herbert, farming the home place; Otto, stationed in Germany with U.S. Intelligence service; and Roy at home; five daughters, Alice and Frieda, teaching rural schools near Mound City; and Lorraine, Mrs. Robert R. Slocum of Mound City; and three brothers, Henry of Minneapolis, Minn.; Karl of Selby; and Jacob of Fargo, North Dakota; and, six grandchildren.
He became ill the latter part of October of this year and consulted a doctor. X-rays disclosed that a tumor had developed on the left lung near the heart. He went to a specialist in Minneapolis and was advised that the tumor had advanced to an inoperable stage. He tried X-ray treatments at Aberdeen but his condition grew rapidly worse and he was confined to bed at his home in Mound City, South Dakota, the past few weeks until his death. Members of his family had been called to his bedside.
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Maria L. Rieger Kundert
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