Kunka, James William


It is with great sadness that we say good-bye to our dear Brother, Uncle and friend Jimmy Kunka, who passed away at the Souris Hospital on Aug.15, 2021.

Jimmy is survived by his siblings Lil Slifka, Mary Moore, Elsie Kurtenbach, Mike Kunka and Jean Carlson. He was predeceased by his parents John and Nellie Kunka, brother Tony Kunka, sister Florence Pomeroy, brothers-in-law Cliff Pomeroy and George Slifka, and sisters-in-law Amy Kunka and June Kunka.  Jimmy is also survived by nineteen nephews and nieces who were proud to call him Uncle. Uncle Jimmy had many adventures with his nephews and nieces, including traveling, ice-fishing, curling and baseball. Jimmy is also survived by his beloved 1995 TransAm.

Jimmy was born August 21, 1946 on the family farm near Souris. He farmed for many years with his father and eventually took over. Jimmy had a love for animals, ranging from his horses, dogs and barn cats.

We will always cherish our memories of our Uncle and Brother Jimmy. His laugh, jokes and great conversations will be greatly missed.

Special thanks to nephew Randy as well as the Home Care staff who enabled him to stay in his home as long as possible.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Souris, Manitoba on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Private interment in the Souris –Glenwood Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined and donations may be made in his name to the ALS Society or to World Vision.

We will love and miss you always. 

11 thoughts on “Kunka, James William”

  1. So sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. My condolences to the family.
    Ken Morrison

  2. Elsie, Mike and the Kunka family,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of Jimmy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time.
    Dean and Donna Couvier
    Fred and Sharon Kelesnk

  3. We’ll sadly miss Uncle and Great Uncle Jimmy, and we all have our own “Special Memories” to always remember him! Our Condolences from Tony & Brenda Malo, Mandy & Nick, Todd & Chad, to the Whole Family! And a “Loving Fairwell” from his sister, Mary Moore.

  4. We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Kunka and Kurtenbach families. May all your special memories help you through this difficult time. Brock and Deb

  5. Our sincerest thoughts are with all of you in the loss of your brother, uncle and great uncle. Enjoy the memories and may they lighten the load of the sadness you feel in the loss of such a special guy like Jimmy.
    Bill & AnnElla

  6. So sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Many good memories of playing ball with the Standards, his endless tales and his genuine friendship. Sincere sympathy to the Kunka and Kurtenbach families.

  7. Our condolences to Jims family. Many memories of Jim on a Saturday night after the big dance.
    We would tour down the back country roads sipping on a kool aid and listening to Jims infectious laugh.
    To end the evening at 4 am nothing like a tour to Brandon Husky House for a burger. Lots of great memories of Jim. Sleep easy my old friend. Mike and Dianne King

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