Joseph Anthony Kunz

December 19, 1957 - November 1, 2014
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Joseph Anthony “Happy Joe” Kunz, 56, passed away on November 1, 2014, All Saints Day, surrounded by family and cherished friends. Happy Joe was born on Galveston Island on December 19, 1957, the sixth of ten children, to Jerome and Carol Kunz. As a small child, his perpetual smile and ever bubbly attitude earned him his nickname, which would stick with him throughout his life and made him a favorite of many friends, teachers and his Granny Ruth. His quick wit kept everyone laughing, and he bought joy into any room. Joe also held a strong faith in God which sustained him to the end.

A BOI and lifelong Galveston resident, Joe attended St. Patrick’s and O’Connell schools. He relished the Island’s nightlife, working in the night club industry for many years. He and his dear friend and business partner, Rudy Betancourt, opened the original Pressbox in 1989. He will be greatly missed by the many friends he made in the business as well as in his other jobs over the years at Village Hardware, Lipton Tea, Wal-Mart and Palms Liquor. He was employed by the Port of Galveston at the time of his death.

Preceded in death by his mother, Carol Kunz, Happy Joe is survived by his father, Jerome Kunz, Sr.; his siblings: Jerri Kunz and husband, John McCullough; Judy Kunz and partner, Perry Turnbow; Jerome “Boonie” Kunz, Jr. and wife, Karen; John Kunz; James Kunz and wife, Carla; Jeannie Kunz Janota and husband, Mike; Jeff Kunz; Jennifer Kunz Gehrke and husband, John; and Jason Kunz and wife, Nikki; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and most cherished friends, Bubba and Dewitt Dunn.

Visitation will begin at 3:00 pm, Wednesday, November 5th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 35th & Broadway, with a rosary at 5:00 pm and a memorial service following the rosary. Our family invites all of you who have been touched by Joe’s infectious smile and unending kindness to join us for a celebration of his life following the service in the St. Patrick’s Auditorium.

Honorary pallbearers are Bubba Dunn, Dewitt Dunn, Rudy Betancourt, Steve Booth, Roland Dablo and Max Clark.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

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Born: December 19, 1957
Died: November 1, 2014

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Jose L. Salazar Vidaurri posted on 11/30/-1

Jo-Jo when we moved across the street from you 10 years ago you were the first friendly face- that welcomed us to the neighborhood and we became friends instantly. You were always there to help us with a smile on your face, we survived Ike and many wonderful times together, including spending Holidays with us. You bacame part of our family and us yours. Thank you for letting us into your life and helping to enrich ours. Gracias Amigo! ...and yes there is menudo in Heaven. :)


Danny Ruiz posted on 11/30/-1

I am sending the entire Kunz family and extended family my prayers for strength during this sad and difficult time. I wish I had words to make it hurt less but only time will heal that and it takes time. Joe won't be forgotten especially by a family as loving as yours. Please take care and let the angels above protect you all as 1 more joins their ranks to oversee they continue to bless and keep you safe. With love, Danny Ruiz


william blackmer posted on 11/30/-1

He will be missed, always made me smile.


Veronica Cromie posted on 11/30/-1

So sorry to hear this. I am keeping the family in my prayers.


Jo Jo Sweeney posted on 11/30/-1

I have known Joe for over 40 years ,went to High School together , Was always a great guy. The Class of 76 will miss him.


Danny Cruz posted on 11/30/-1

What a great guy and friend. I will miss him. RIP OLD FRIEND.


Pam Chandler Kaye posted on 11/30/-1

So sad to hear about Joe. Enjoyed working with him and he was a fun loving guy.


Wylie Evans posted on 11/30/-1

Joe. Gone too soon. It is tough to lose your brother.


Cindy Derouen posted on 11/30/-1

RIP Jo. My prayers are with your family. God bless.


Peter Kypreos posted on 11/30/-1

My Condolences to the Kunz Family


Kerry B. Burts posted on 11/30/-1

Rest easy, old buddy. Condolences to your family.


Zach Powell posted on 11/30/-1

Am so very sorry. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Pati Cherry posted on 11/30/-1

karen, I can't believe you are having to go through this. God bless you and your family. You are in our prayers.


Mike Micheletti posted on 11/30/-1

Joe was a wonderful person. He always made others smile. He will be missed.


Peter Ragsdale posted on 11/30/-1

Joe, here's to you in your journey toward Heaven. God Bless.


Karen Hayes Meyer posted on 11/30/-1

Judy and family and sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved brother.


Elise Lippincott posted on 11/30/-1

I have known Joe since 1st grade. I am so going to miss him and his infectious smile; just always thought he would be there - right by our sides. My heartfelt condolences to you all - the wonderful family and friends of Joe. Praying for you all.


Terri Luker posted on 11/30/-1

Words can not express the pain that I have in my heart right now. Joe and I sat at the same table in kindergarten and proceeded to stay together all the way through junior high and high school. We graduated together. Along the way, he nicknamed me "Princess" and it truly stuck. He never called me by my name ever again. I will solely miss that. He was and is such a gentle hearted soul. God love you my friend. Until we meet again.


Terry unbehagen posted on 11/30/-1

So sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy to the kunz family


Kyle Albright posted on 11/30/-1

We were saddened when we heard of Joe's passing. Our prayers are with you during your time of loss. May the Holy Spirit lift and strengthen your family.


Peter Villarreal posted on 11/30/-1

I remember him as always being a cool likable, friendly good person! Condolences and Prayers for all the Family!


Lada Lomax posted on 11/30/-1

Mr. Kunz and Family: I am saddened by Joe's passing and so sorry for your loss. Joe was a close friend of my husband then, Rodney Vick and was loved by the Vick family especially, Momma Jo. Rodney held the gates open and Heaven got another Angel when he arrived. Joe will be missed. God Bless. All my love, Lada


Doris Mackey Dillon posted on 11/30/-1

I wish I could be with you to honor my friend Joe. He always brought a feeling of happiness whenever I saw him. I will miss seeing him and will treasure the memories. God speed Joe!


Belinda Jay Wade posted on 11/30/-1

I've been with the Port of Galveston for a yr & a half and had the pleasure to get to know Joe in that short amount time. He definitely is one of a kind and made me laugh and seemed to take things with a grain of salt. I have no doubt that I ran into him in my younger yrs being a BOI myself. My thoughts and prayers to the family. You will be missed Joe...may you RIP.


Richard & Judith Williams posted on 11/30/-1

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God grant you you splice and peace during this trying time.2


Peter Villarreal posted on 11/30/-1

My sincere condolences for the loss to family! There was always a smile & a Hello, How ya doing? God Bless & may he rest in peace in heaven.