Jack Kuenzel

jack kuenzel

March 23, 1937 ~ September 14, 2022

Born in: Middletown, Ohio
Resided in: Fremont, California

Jack was born on March 23, 1937, in Middletown, Ohio to Walter and Ruth Kuenzel. While growing up there, he learned to fly an Aeronca airplane, cut lawns to pay for tennis lessons and created various motorized carts/scooters. Jack relocated with his family to Lafayette, California in 1953 where he attended Acalanes High School and went on to graduate from San Francisco State University. He began his Human Resources career with General Motors, working first in Oakland and transferring later to their assembly plant in Fremont. Advancing to various HR manager/director positions through the years, he retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation in 2003.
He is survived by his wife Beverly, son Kenneth Kuenzel (Mindy) in Michigan, daughter Kathy Kalcic (Mitch) of Saratoga, daughter Jennifer Lehr (Mark) of Pioneer and his three grandchildren Chelsea, Charlie and Kristina.
Jack was a compassionate man, always supportive, who enjoyed sharing laughter with others, never losing his sense of humor. He loved and enjoyed his family, tennis, flying, sailing, music, riding motorcycles, RV camping, photography and a CC on the rocks on the patio with family and friends. Home projects always kept him busy and happy.
In lieu of a public service and flowers, Jack requested that a donation be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in his memory. Email comments will be welcomed at jakuenzel@att.net.

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Jack Kuenzel 's name.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN


Memories Timeline


    • Thank you very much for your kind words and thoughts Jan. It was so nice to spend time with you last month and look forward to more time in the future. Take good care.


    • Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts Joan. Jack and I enjoyed our visits, and I look forward to seeing you again in 2023. Take good care.


  1. So sad to hear this news. Such a vibrant soul. Jack was so caring and I loved to get his facebook messages. He loved his family ………Prayers.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers Claudia. I know Jack enjoyed your facebook messages as well. Take good care.


  2. Jack was my best friend in H.S. and remained a good friend until his death. I will miss him. We had many great tennis matches in our younger days. God be with all of his family.

    • Dick, thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes. Jack and I both enjoyed our dinners out with you and Judy. Take good care.


  3. We are so very sad and devastated to hear this news. Jack was my idol, and Joe and I enjoyed his company so very much. We will never forget his smile and laughter – he brought so much laughter and happiness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bev and Jack’s children. We love you all.

    • Julie & Joe,

      Thank you so much for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. We both enjoyed all the time we got to spend together with you. We miss Jack, his sense of humor, smile and laughter terribly.

      We all love you too,
      Bev, Ken, Kathy & Jen

  4. CandleI am so sorry to hear this news. Jack was one of the BEST bosses I ever had.

    I am so glad I got to see Jack and Bev at the December 2010 reunion we had in Cupertino.

    My continued thoughts and prayers for Jack (in heaven) and his family.

    He will keep all the angels laughing with his great sense of humor.

    • Roberta, thank you so much for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. We really enjoyed the time spent with you at the last reunion too. Hope you continue to do well.


  5. CandleWhat a wonderful person …known as “motor home Jack” to my daughter Kristy as he visited us in Rogue River Oregon!
    Tim, HR Manager Dalmo Victor/Textron/Litton ..

    • Thank you for your kind words Tim. We both enjoyed our visit with you and your family. Please let Kristy know that “the motorhome” is still operational and currently resides in the mountains of Pioneer, California.

  6. CandleJack’s family is very grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA for their kindness and wonderful care.

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