DelRay Kunz, a resident of Middleton, ID, passed away April 16, 2018, unexpectedly. He was born on November 13, 1942 in Driggs, ID, the only son and 1 of 6 children of Martha and Ivan Kunz. The family lived in the Teton Basin of Idaho. DelRay graduated from Madison High School in 1961. He moved to Redlands, CA in 1963, where he met and married the love of his life, Mary Ann Gonzales. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1963 and was accepted into Officers Candidate School in 1973. DelRay was the first of his family to attend college and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice while being commissioned an officer in the US Air Force serving with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) before retiring in 1983 after a long and distinguished career.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Mary Ann of Wrightwood, CA; daughters Michelle, Heidi (John), Laura (Richard), Kristina and Rachel (Frank); sons Jeffrey (Sarah), Kevin (Jennifer) and John (Sherry); 28 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and sisters Marlene Pool, Ann Sears, Inella Bastian and Kelley Roschinger.
DelRay loved his dog Boss, dancing, old cars, gardening, poetry, music and fly fishing in his beloved Teton Basin, where he grew up trapping and fishing with his father. He shared these loves with his children and grandchildren. Born into humble circumstances, DelRay raised the standard for his progeny through education, military and community service, and an unheard-of work ethic. He protected presidents and dignitaries and worked in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism, while raising a family of 8 children whom he adored. He was active in his community, supporting veteran, church and social organizations. He was a funny, gregarious and kind man, who made and kept many friends over the years and will be deeply missed by his family and all who had the privilege to cross his path.
The family would like to thank the Loma Linda and Boise VA hospitals, doctors, nurses, group and support staff for their love, care and support of DelRay over the years.
A Memorial Celebration will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise.