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“Dear Mike, Your are my idol from the time i can remember. As time goes by I remember these words from you, when I told you the rosary was too long...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Robert Kunnen - Vista, CA

“Kindest regards from the Frey Family. Mike and my Father, John, were long time friends. I remember stopping at the station with Dad for Mike's...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Steve Frey - Cincinnati, OH

“Condolences to the Kunnen family for the loss of Mike. I met him in the late 1960s while working at Paul Korb's Sohio Service in Northside. He was...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Larry Waters - Acquaintance

“Thank you all for your kinds wishes to our family. it has been difficult the past 6 weeks as our sister Mary Beth also died of cancer on May 15. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Marianne Kunnen-Jones Cincinnati

“God bless you Mr. Kunnen on a well lived life. You were a hero and very dedicated man in all your endeavors. I will miss seeing you at St. William. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Mary Kerley - Friend

“Grandpa and great grandpa,We thank you for sharing as many memories as you did of your life, your service to our country, your love of your wife and...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Cathy Ernst Ernst - Wethersfield, CT

“Sending our deepest, heart-felt condolences to beloved family friends,the Kunnen Family on part from the Foran Family (Jeff, Cheryl, Charlotte). ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Jeff and Charlotte Foran - OH

“Dearest Dad,Rest in peace. Give mom and Mary Beth big hugs and kisses from us.I know you will be happy to see everybody. Please keep watch over us.We...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Patrick Kunnen - CINCINNATI, OH


John A. "Mike" Kunnen, 96, died on June 3 following a long life of undying love of God, country, family, Elder, helping small business owners, hot meals, clean sheets and the place he called home. Ever-loving husband for 71 years of Mary Clare (nee Kaufhold, deceased); loving and proud father of seven: Michael, Timothy, Patrick, Kathy Ernst (John), Mary Beth (deceased), Martha Ekardt (Patrick) and Marianne Kunnen-Jones (Rick); grandfather of Chris, Jeff and Daniel Ernst, Claire Shoemaker, Annie Ekardt and Patty Ekardt; step-grandfather of four; great-grandfather of six; step-great-grandfather of five; youngest son of Rosemary and Albert Kunnen (both deceased) and brother of Thomas, Albert (Angela) and Dick Kunnen (Virginia), all deceased. The family is grateful to the many aides who helped him and his wife in their latter years, especially longtime helpers from DayShare. Nicknamed Mike since his childhood, he was a lifelong resident of Price Hill and a third-generation Cincinnatian. He was proud of growing up near Dempsey Park and graduated from Elder in 1942. At Elder, he played varsity football, basketball and baseball and helped to build the stands at the Pit. He loyally attended Elder football games every season since 1946. For one semester at Xavier University, he played football until he enlisted in the Army to defeat the Nazis in WWII. In the European theater, he served in the 709th Tank Battalion, Company D as a gunner on Stuart M5A1 light tanks, called "crackerboxes" because they lit up like firecrackers when hit. He survived the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded four Bronze Stars, a Presidential Citation and the French Legion of Honor Medal. Returning to the hometown he loved, he married the love of his life, Mary Clare; the two never missed a kiss goodnight. Mike became recognized as long-time president of the Greater Cincinnati Gasoline Dealers Association and owner-operator of Kunnen Brothers Service. Opening the station on Glenway in 1946, he ran it with his brother, Dick, until Mike finally relented after 54 years and closed it in 2000. He worked hard, often six or seven days a week, to support his large family. He also dedicated many hours over six decades to fight for the livelihoods of independent gasoline retailers at the state and national levels, becoming a warrior against big oil corporations, and won a small but hard-fought allowance for dealers to help cover costs in the shrinkage of shipped gas. He was interviewed regularly by news media about the price/shortage of gasoline, was featured in a cartoon created by Jim Borgman for the Enquirer Sunday magazine, and testified before Ohio and Congressional legislators. An avid golfer, he shot two holes-in-one at Dunham golf course and devoted many years to Price Hill Day and Price Hill Baseball Oldtimers Association, which raises money for scholarships to the best graduating scholar-athletes at Elder, West High and Oak Hills high schools. Visitation 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Meyer Funeral Home, 5864 Bridgetown Road; funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday, June 12, at St. William Church, 4108 W. Eighth Street. Burial follows at St. Joseph New Cemetery (Foley and Pedretti). Memorial donations may be made to Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45205.