John Robert Kunz, II (1823 - 1890)

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Birthplace: Berne, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Death: Died in Bern, ID, USA
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About John Robert Kunz, II

Birth: Jan. 20, 1823, Bern, Switzerland

Death: Feb. 16, 1890, Bern, Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA

Burial: Ovid Cemetery, Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA

John Kunz II was born on Jan. 20, 1823 at Zwischenflueh, Canton Bern, Switzerland to Johannes Kunz (John Kunz I) and Rosina Katherine Klossner. John Kunz II was married to Rosina Knutti, daughter of David Knutti and Katharina Mani on Oct. 22, 1842. He and Rosina Knutti were baptized members of the LDS Church on Feb. 22, 1869 by Willard B. Richards and confirmed by Elder Christian Willie. On March 30, 1869 John Kunz II was ordained a teacher by Elder Karl G. Maeser. John Kunz II was ordained an elder on Nov. 4, 1869 by Elder Karl G. Maeser. On July 13, 1870 John Kunz II, Rosina Knutti Kunz and 8 of 10 children emmigrated to the United States on the ship SS Manhattan. John Kunz and his Family arrived in Ogden, Utah and was greeted by Brigham Young on Aug. 5, 1870. Brigham Young called him on a Mission to Bear Lake Valley and introduced there the industry of making Swiss Cheese. The Cheese making factory was started in Ovid, Idaho and later moved to Bern, Idaho. John Kunz II built and owned the first house in the Bern Town Site which he named after his native Bern, Switzerland. He spent the rest of his in peace at Bern, Idaho. In 1876 Ephriam Jones came to Bern, Bear Lake County Idaho to teach John Kunz II children how to speak and write English. John Kunz II was the first presiding Elder in the Bern Ward, Monpelier Stake, Idaho from 1878 to 1890 for approx. 27 years. John Kunz II was ordained a Bishop on June 3, 1878 by Charles C. Rich at Bern, Bear Lake County, Idaho. He was married to a second wife in the Fall of 1884. John Kunz II died on Feb. 16, 1890 at Bern, Idaho. He was buried at Ovid Cemetery, Bear Lake County, Idaho.

Selections: Courtesy of Diane Steckler Rasi-Koskinen in her Book, The comfort of being together in Pease & Plenty, The William J. & Annie Schmid Kunz Family Story.


Johannes Kunz (1803 - 1871)

Rosina Katherina Klossner Kunz (1802 - 1883)


Rosina Knutti Kunz (1819 - 1894)

Katherine Zemp Kunz (1837 - 1911)



John Kunz (1844 - 1918)*


Christian Kunz (1846 - 1941)*


Catherine Kunz Chievers (1848 - 1931)*


Samuel Kunz (1851 - 1927)*


David Kunz (1855 - 1916)*


William Kunz (1860 - 1905)*


Robert Kunz (1862 - 1956)*urial:

Created by: Bruce J. Black Record added: Dec 22, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 12765149

There is a Monument to John Kunz II at Bern, Bear Lake County, Idaho. The copy on the monument is shown below:

" In Grateful Remembrance of John Kunz II Approximately 200 Feet east of this site, the first house on the townsite of Bern was built in 1875 by John Kunz II. John Kunz II was born 20 January 1823 in Zwischen Flueh near Diemtigen, Canton Bern Switzerland. He married Rosina Knutti and they were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 27 February 1869 by Willard B. Richards. Accompanied by his wife and eight of their ten children, (the others came later), he emigrated from Switzerland on 6 July 1870. They arrived in Cache Valley, Utah in August 1870 and came to Ovid, Idaho in June 1871. Bern was first settled by John Kunz II and his numerouse family in 1876. He was the first President of the L.D. S. Branch established in Bern in 1878. The Bern Ward was organized in 1890. He accepted the call of President Brigham Young to make cheese and he made the first cheese in Bear Lake County at Ovid. The cheese was made in a kettle which the people in Ovid had used for making soap. John Kunz II died in Bern on 16 February 1890. He and his wife are the parents of ten children, one hundred and twenty seven grandchildren and they are the common ancestors of the Kunz Families originating in Bern. They are buried in the Cemetery in Ovid." This monument is located on the north side of the road in the middle of Bern, Bear Lake County, Idaho. It was erected by Lyman Milton Kunz and Family.

Added by: Bruce J. Black 5/07/2006

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John Kunz, II's Timeline

January 20, 1823
Berne, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
February 7, 1844
Age 21
Diemtigen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
October 20, 1845
Age 22
Moos, Riedern, Diemtigen, Bern, Switzerland
December 26, 1846
Age 23
Schwenden, Switzerland
September 21, 1848
Age 25
May 18, 1851
Age 28
Berne, Reiden, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
October 30, 1855
Age 32
Diemtigen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
December 5, 1860
Age 37
Diemtigen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
November 16, 1862
Age 39
Berne, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
February 16, 1890
Age 67
Bern, ID, USA