Courtesy Photo | Bossier City mayor Lo Walker presented Pastor Sig Kunz and his wife, Diane, with a proclamation during church service on Sunday, May 8, 2016, declaring May 12 as Sig and Diane Kunz Day in Bossier City.

Pastor Siegfried Kunz will officially retire on May 31, 2016, ending 53 years in the ministry.

Kunz spent 48 years as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bossier City, LA. He was born in Russian Ukraine in 1937,  a time when Europe was in turmoil. 
His parents decided to immigrate to the United States for a better life and “the American dream.”

They applied and in March, 1952, with their son and four daughters, left Germany for America.  Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana, sponsored them. Siegfried graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois, in 1963 and became a vicar in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

His first congregation was Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Greenville, Illinois, until Easter, 1968, when he was called to the small mission church of Immanuel Lutheran in Bossier City, Louisiana.

The legacy that Pastor Kunz and Diane have left at Immanuel will continue to thrive. The love of God and the tenets of the Lutheran faith have been instilled into several generations here at Immanuel.

We will continue to nurture one another’s faith through word and Sacraments. We are dedicated to sharing the Gospel with the people whose lives we touch.

Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker presented Kunz a proclamation, declaring May 12 as Pastor Sig and Diane Kunz Day in Bossier City.

Compiled Margaret Zadow,  Member of Immanuel Lutheran Church