Frank M. Tunis, 79, of Independence, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at a Kansas City Hospital. 

Frank M. Tunis, 79, of Independence, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at a Kansas City Hospital.  

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2010, at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence. A second visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2010, with services beginning at 11 a.m. at Friskel Funeral Home, 230 E. McKay, Frontenac, KS, with burial at the Garden of Memories in Pittsburg, KS.  

The family suggests contributions be made to either the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.  

Frank was born July 25, 1930, to Sam and Katie (Carpino Turko) Tunis in Croweburg, KS, and was baptized into the Catholic Church. He graduated from Mulberry High School in 1945 at the age of 14 and went on to work various jobs. He eventually became a welder and retired from Allis Chalmers Agco in 1993 after 34 years of service. Frank married Christena Manning on June 22, 1958, at the Nashville Christian Church in Nashville, Mo.  Together they have called Independence home for 47 years.   

Frank was a member of the Kansas City Moose Lodge #10, Sugar Creek Fraternal Order of Eagles #3717, and a retired member of the Steel Workers Local Union #1959. He was an avid gardener and country music fan. Also an avid sports fan, he had been signed to the St. Louis Browns, a minor league baseball team, although he did not go.  

Frank will be missed by all who knew and loved him including his wife of 52 years, Christena Tunis of the home; nephews Sam Tunis of Frontenac, KS, Ted Tunis of Pittsburg, KS, David Tunis of Renton, WA; niece Donna Tunis of Pittsburg, KS; and several great nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Tunis and Anton Tunis; and niece Kathleen Depenbusch.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com