KUNZE, John J., “BIG JOHN”, 78, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Saturday, December 29, 2012.

John was born in Martins Ferry, OH on August 31, 1934, a son of the late Lawrence and Mary Jeannette (Wagener) Kunze.

He was a retired employee for the former Wheeling-Pitt Steel Mill of Martins Ferry. He was a member of the First Baptist Church Martins Ferry, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilfred and Donald.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Ann (Knapp) Kunze; two daughters, JoAnn (Scott) Taylor and Marjorie J. Kunze-Lewis; two sons, John J. Kunze, Jr. and David W. Kunze; grandson, John Lewis; granddaughter, Amanda Lewis; brother, Ronald (Jane) Kunze; two sisters, Phyllis Tate and Suzanne (Henry) Phemester; two special people John Huston and Helen Sun.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover Street, Martins Ferry where friends will be received Sunday 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday December 31, 2012 from 10 until time of service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Larry Lewis officiating.

Private interment will be held Wednesday at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 306 Locust Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book online at www.kellerfuneralhome. com.