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3/10/2009


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UTU founding contributor Kunz passes away



Theron Kunz, a former Union Pacific general chairperson for the United Transportation Union (UTU) and one of 40 men who helped create the union 40 years ago, died Feb. 24 of congestive heart failure. He was 94.

From 1936 to 1976, Kunz worked for UP. In 1962, he was elected general chairperson of the western district for UTU predecessor the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. When four national unions merged to form the UTU in 1969, Theron was chosen to help form the union’s constitution and bylaws, according to a news item posted on the UTU’s Web site.

Theron is survived by his wife, Helen, a daughter and son, five grandchildren, 11 great-grand children and two great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the National Heart Foundation, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

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