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Viola teen dies in motorcycle wreck

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Zachary Kunz
A young man on the brink of new beginnings lost his life late Friday evening.

Zachary Kunz died June 2 at the age of 18.

Kunz, a recent graduate of Viola High School, and his friend Bradley Majors, 19, of Viola were traveling east along Highway 62/412, each on a motorcycle, less than a mile from the Viola city limits. Kunz had just passed Harber Cycle Shop, when he lost control of his 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle at approximately 11:10 p.m., according to the official report of Arkansas State Trooper Daniel Busch.

In an attempt to miss an animal, Kunz swerved and crossed into the path of Majors' 2007 Honda motorcycle, the report said.

As Kunz veered into Major's path, the two vehicles met, causing both to turn on their sides and skid about 26 feet across the opposite lane of traffic before coming to a final rest.

Both Kunz and Majors were transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center where Kunz was pronounced dead.

Both men were wearing helmets.

Kunz, the son of Douglas Michael and Joy Mae (Reynolds) Kunz was born Oct. 13, 1988 in Jacksonville, Ark.

The May 2007 graduate of Viola High School was active with the Longhorn baseball and basketball teams and loved hunting and outdoor activities.

Kunz is survived by his parents, Doug and Joy of Viola; a brother, Zane Kunz, of Viola; maternal grandmother, Joyce Faye (Reynolds) Gay of Viola; maternal great-grandmother Lila Mae Hardin of Viola; paternal grandmother, Donna Kay Kunz of Cocoa Beach, Fl.; aunts and uncles, Mona and Rocky Trett of Viola, Leslie and Shawn Batterton of Viola, Russ Kunz of Eugene, Ore., Dean and Jennifer Kunz of Merritt Island, Fl., Kristine Kunz of Cocoa, Fl. and Jason and Sara Kunz of Eugene, Ore.; his beloved dog Fluffer; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Harold Reynolds, and paternal grandfather, William Lee Kunz.

Funeral services were held June 5 at the Viola High School Gymnasium in Viola, with Bro. John Hodges officiating. Interment was in the Camp Cemetery at Camp, under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Salem.

Pallbearers were Jeremiah Johnson, Josh Huddleston, Joey Denwalt, Brad Majors, Lucas Rains and Austin Springfield.

Honorary pallbearers included the Viola Senior Class of 2007.

Memorials can be made to the Viola Athletic Department.

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