Alice Kundert had illustrious career in state’s politics
Funeral services for Alice Kundert, 92, of Mobridge and formerly of Mound City, will be held Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Mound City Community Center.
Burial will be in the Mound City Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Alice passed away Monday, June 10, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Alice Kundert was born July 23, 1920, in rural Java to Otto J. and Marie (Rieger) Kundert. She attended rural grade school, Java High School and Northern State College at Aberdeen.
Alice taught rural grade school in Campbell and Walworth counties for several years before going to California. She served as clerk, then general manager of a dress shop in Hollywood and a small department store in Beverly Hills for several years before returning to Mound City, because of the illness of her father. She again taught school in rural schools and the Mound City Grade School.
Alice served as Deputy Superintendant of Schools in Campbell County for one year before being elected to the office of Campbell County Clerk of Courts for three terms, followed by four terms as Campbell County Register of Deeds. She also served as treasurer of the town of Mound City for several years.
She was elected to the Office of State Auditor in 1969. She then served as Secretary of State from 1979 to 1987. At this time she ran for governor of South Dakota and was defeated. Following this, she was appointed Coordinator of School Programs for the South Dakota Centennial through the State Department of Education and Cultural Affairs for several years. She returned to Campbell County where she was elected State Representative for the 23rd District for two terms.
She served as promoter, advisor, counselor, director and later, speaker, at Teenage Republicans (TAR) Camp for more than 50 years. She also served as a counselor and, for several years, keynote speaker at the National TAR conventions in Washington, D.C.
Alice served with Maureen Reagan, National Vice Chairman of the National Republican Party during the Reagan Administration. She also served on the Commission of Local Government, the South Dakota Historical Society Executive Board, Heritage Center Foundation Board, Black Hills Leaders Laboratory Board, National Leaders Laboratory Organizational Board, National Advisory Board to the Center of Western Studies at Augustana College, as well as numerous other boards and commissions. She was also Executive Secretary of Citizens’ Responsibility International Board, which was held in Ireland.
She received numerous national awards for her work with Teenage Republicans; the National 4-H Alumni Award, the Doane Robinson Award for outstanding service to the State of South Dakota in preservation of South Dakota History.
Alice was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame, the Distinguished Alumni Award Hall of Fame from Northern State University. She received Honorary State Farmers of America Degree, Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters Degree at Black Hills State University, and Honorary Doctorate of Human Service at South Dakota State University in Brookings.
Alice wrote articles for the National 4-H Magazine, the history of Gov. Nils A. Boe for the book “A Century of Leadership,” and various other historical articles and histories.
Alice is survived by her sister, Lorraine (Bob) Slocum of Rapid City; brother, Roy (Gladys) Kundert of Alcester; and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Marie Kundert; four brothers, Gust Kundert of Illinois, Victor Kundert of Oregon, Herbert Kundert of Oregon and Otter Kundert of Virginia; and sisters, Hilda Kundert of rural Java and Frieda Aman of Mound City.