In 2005 the Robert and Colleen Kuntz Family created a legacy in Franklin County by establishing an endowment with the Franklin County Community Foundation.
The Robert and Colleen Kuntz Family Scholarship Fund will provide annual scholarships for educators in Franklin County seeking continuing education. Primary consideration is given to St. Michael School teachers. Secondary consideration is given to teachers at Brookville Elementary school.
Lifelong residents of Brookville, Ind., Robert N. & Colleen A. Kuntz have always recognized the importance of a sound education. All five of their children graduated from St. Michael Elementary and Brookville High School. All the children are also college graduates, as are all the eligible grandchildren, to date. To insure the availability of qualified educators for future generations of Franklin County residents, this endowment was established.
Robert N. Kuntz was born on June 16, 1928. A graduate of Brookville High School, Bob served two years in the U.S. Army from 1951 through 1952. After his discharge, he eventually landed a job with Wayne Dairy Products of Richmond, Ind. He was a home delivery milkman around Brookville for the early part of his 33 years with Wayne Dairy. Bob retired in 1993 after working with E.W. Brockman Company of Connersville, Ind.
Colleen A. (Morin) Kuntz was born on May 17, 1928. As youngsters, both Bob and Coe worked at the Morin family business, the old Morin Theater (now the Brookville Theater). After graduating from Immaculate Conception Academy and Marian College, Coe began her teaching career that spanned 29 years, primarily at the old Blooming Grove and Brookville Elementary Schools, until her retirement in 1988. Coe passed away on January 16, 2003.
Bob and Coe were married on July 30, 1955. Originally living in a new home built on Battle Creek Road, the young family was uprooted by construction of the Brookville Reservoir. The Kuntz family then moved to 1024 Cliff St, where Bob currently resides.
Donald H. Kuntz, born October 3, 1956, graduated from Cincinnati State in 1979 with a degree in Sales/Marketing. Don and his wife, Karen, reside in Harrison, Ohio with their children, Sarah, Emily and Abby. Don is employed by The Howard Adams Heating and Air Conditioning Company.
Thomas S. Kuntz, born December 2, 1957, graduated from Ball State University in 1980 with a B. S. in Finance and from Xavier University in 1985 with a Masters in Business Administration. Tom has a daughter, Leah, and currently resides in Batavia, Ohio. He is employed by Ohio Casualty Insurance Company.
Ann E. (Kuntz) Neu, born September 19, 1961, graduated from Ball State University in 1984 with a B. S. in Education and in 1987 with a Masters in Education. Ann and her husband, Bob reside in Ft. Wayne, Ind. with their children Sydney, Kyle and Matthew. Ann is a teacher with Northwest Allen County Schools.
Lori J. (Kuntz) Hamman, born October 8, 1962, graduated from Ball State University in 1985 with a B. S. in Nursing. Lori and her husband, Dick, live in Ft. Wayne, Ind. with their children Austin, Adam and Alicia. Lori is a Registered Nurse with Lutheran Hospital.
John R. Kuntz, born May 29, 1968, also graduated from Ball State University in 1990 with a B. S. in General Business Administration. John and his wife, Mary Jo, live in Batesville, Ind. and are the parents of Betsy (deceased). John is employed with U. S. Foodservice.