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In loving memory of
Jeffrey Kunert
  • February 12, 1951
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  • August 08, 2022

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Jeffrey Kunert, 71, of Des Moines, IA, passed away on August 8, 2022 in Fort Myers, FL.


Jeff was born in Fort Dodge, IA to Chuck and Marjorie Kunert on February 12. He married Teresa on April 23, 1984 in Griffith, IN. He worked as a salesman for Roseway Trucking Co, Werner Enterprises and Melton Truck lines. He served as a Marine in the Vietnam War. His favorite license was his pilot’s license.


Jeff is preceded in death by his parents Chuck and Marjorie Kunert and his brother Randy Kunert.


Jeff is survived by his wife Teresa, his daughters Jillyn Dillon and Tina Apt, his brother Fred Kunert (Mary), his grand daughters Allison and Ashley Goodale, his great granddaughter Laura Rose and all of his nieces and nephews.


Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting and spending any time with Jeff is better for knowing him. He lived every moment of his life as large as his personality. He knew no stranger, he would walk Missi and stop to get to know the neighbors. He loved his video games and slot machines. No matter what was happening to his body, he worked hard to continue to do what he could. His beautiful blue eyes and his wonderful laugh will be missed! (“I love you forever!”)


A memorial will be held in his honor at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local animal shelter in Jeff’s name. 

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  1. Franny says:
    29 Aug 2022
    My family and I were blessed to met you, Jeff. You showed us the real trooper/trouper you were in life. Thank you for teaching us so many lessons and having with us so many funny moments at our chatting evenings. You'll be missed. With love, your neighbors. Franny, Gammy, Yanli & Xoraya.

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  6. nita conner says:
    20 Aug 2022
    I Loved Jeff's big personality. Jeff lived a good life. LAUGHFTER, VOX and CAMELS. He touched my life in many positive ways, the brother I didn't have... Will remember him as a blessing. The many many memories, singing SLEDGEHAMMER, (Police), New Orleans, (Mall of America), Misery (Jeff's response), casino's (Pai Gow), TURKEY (for everyone), Hospital (BRAVE), Fox News ???...and always KIND to everyone. And the way he always loved my sister, they were a great loving team, after thirty -eight years, always joined at the hip. Jeff will always be missed, loved, and live forever in my heart. REST IN PEACE JEFFY!!! Nita (Needer) and Doug

  7. Hill Family says:
    19 Aug 2022
    Memories of Jeff, his booming laugh, little boy smirk, eating crab legs, listening to Sledgehammer, and most of all his love for my sister.

  8. Justin Kunert says:
    19 Aug 2022
    I’ll remember Uncle Jeff for his boisterous and jovial personality, and big heart. Though we haven’t seen one another for some time, I’ll reflect fondly on the memories from when I was younger visiting him and Aunt Teresa in the south. I remember thinking how cool he was getting Dad and I onto a Jack Nicklaus course (Grand Bear I think?). I still chuckle thinking back on him and my Dad joking about the size of the cockroaches Uncle Jeff found in the pool, laughing until my stomach hurt. From those southern visits feeding alligators to his time in Reno, frying turkeys at thanksgiving and lunches with Grandpa at Western Village. Wonderful memories for sure! Aunt Teresa, Lauren and my thoughts are with you.

  9. Linda polson says:
    18 Aug 2022
    Jeff kunert what can I say? Too many memories...teaching us how to add mushrooms and green beans,losing you as a neighbor THE best!, you getting your moving van stuck...(you were not happy), our visit to Biloxi where the bank gave you 100.00 too much and you returned it, the boat ride (we were heading to cuba glad i took the last beer)the stay in omaha...I could go on & on. Love you much teresa always a belly laugh I I won't forget. Our hugs and prayers!

  10. Sue Kadlec says:
    18 Aug 2022
    Jeff was a Great Guy and So Much Fun. The cruise we went on with Jeff & Theresa is one of our Best Memories and One of the Best Times of our lives. I laugh every time I think about Jeff starting his deck on fire or when he froze his esphoigus. Heaven will be Far More Fun now!

  11. Jeff kunert says:
    18 Aug 2022
    Uncle Jeff, you will be greatly missed. I will cherish the memories I have from the times I played mk2 at your house in Mississippi as a kid to having dinner with you and Aunt Teresa in Florida to meet my wife Rochelle as an adult. RIP

  12. Jeff kunert posted an image:
    18 Aug 2022
    Having a Beer with Uncle Jeff
    Having a Beer with Uncle Jeff

  13. Jeff kunert posted an image:
    18 Aug 2022
    Dinner with Uncle Jeff and Aunt Teresa and my wife Rochelle
    Dinner with Uncle Jeff and Aunt Teresa and my wife Rochelle

  14. Matthew Kunert says:
    17 Aug 2022
    Uncle Jeff was a great guy with a smile that would light up the room and could tell stories and smoke them cigarettes tell the sun come up. Oh and that laugh! Not afraid to speak his mind and always gave the respect to you that was given to him. Been awhile since we had seen one another but memories will never be forgotten. You certainly will be missed. RIP Uncle Jeff and until we meet again!

  15. Linda Chisholm says:
    17 Aug 2022
    Jeff was a proud Vietnam Vet. I will remember his humor and kindness. Sending condolences to Teresa and the family.

  16. Linda Chisholm says:
    17 Aug 2022
    Jeff was a proud Vietnam Vet. I will remember his kind heart and humor. Sending condolences to Teresa and the family.

  17. Jillyn says:
    17 Aug 2022
    I love you and miss you, Dad, and am so grateful for the time we had!

  18. Robin Negrotto says:
    17 Aug 2022
    My wonderful big brother! He had lost a battle with the red ants & was in ICU. The lady at the door said "family only". Without missing a beat I said "I am Robin & I drove a long way & he is my big brother & I need to see him!" She walked to his room & he knew it was me - she came back & said right this way! From then on I always referred to him as my big brother. I him & will miss him! It was nice to have a big brother! He & my memories of him will always be in my ❤! See ya later bro'!

  19. Jillyn says:
    17 Aug 2022
    I love an miss you, Dad, and I'm so grateful for the time we had

  20. Fred Kunert says:
    17 Aug 2022
    Jeff, my last living brother, was a great guy. Through the years we enjoyed each other's company. From going back to Mississippi to play in the annual golf tournament to golfing back in Reno. Will miss him dearly. Love ya bro

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