John Kundla

  • Born: July 3, 1916
  • Died: July 23, 2017
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John Kundla, a Basketball Hall of Famer who was the first head coach of the Minneapolis Lakers, died Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was 101.

Former Lakers head coach was an NBA Hall of Famer…

John Kundla, a Basketball Hall of Famer who was the first head coach of the Minneapolis Lakers, died Sunday, July 23, 2017. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

When the Timberwolves and Lakers play who do you root for? Hope you're doing well in the afterlife, Coach Kundla! Your legacy is not forgotten

Posted by A friend   January 01, 2018

I am very sorry for the loss of your father. May the God f comfort continue to be with all of you. 2 Cornthians 1:3,4.

Posted by Karen    October 29, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing our love ones is never easy but may the love of people that surrounds you soften your grief. And may you find comfort and peace in drawing closer to God in prayer during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   August 24, 2017

I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May God comfort and sustain you through this time of mourning.

Posted by - Bear, DE   August 08, 2017

My condolences to his family and friends. He touched many lives during his lifetime, and will remember him fondly. During this difficult time please rely on our Heavenly Father for strength and comfort.

Posted by A friend   July 31, 2017

To the Kundla family my sincere condolences and prayers are with you that God the Almighty may grant you strength, endurance, comfort and peace "so you may abound in hope through the Holy Spirit." (Ro.15:13) Treasuring his great accomplishments in your hearts and minds that it may carry you through these difficult moments.

Posted by Wendy GB - CA   July 31, 2017

I was sad to hear of John's passing. I worked for John at the St. Paul Gym, U of M. I was only 22 years old then and my husband was a full-time college student, so money was pretty scarce. John would take me and my husband out to lunch every couple of months. He would always say, now be sure Mike is coming too. He was never too busy to see a student. His door was always open. He was so kind, generous, and funny. My favorite memory of John is one day he came out of his office with a piece of paper, a mirror, and a stop watch. He set the paper and mirror in front of me. He said, now draw a clock face by only looking at the paper in the mirror. You have 2 minutes and I'll time you. The whole time he stood there saying, no pressure, tick-tock, tick-tock. The rest of the day, he had everyone who walked into our office do his test. John was so proud of his family and we kept in touch every Christmas with cards and he always had something nice to say about my family. I will never forget him and he will always hold a special place in my heart.

Posted by Bobbie Evavold - Scottsdale, AZ   July 29, 2017

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family and know that God keeps in his memories all those who die, because they are precious in his eyes.( Psalms 116:15)

Posted by MV - MD   July 28, 2017

My prayers goes out to the Kundla family. May your memories bring joy to your hearts and may our Heavenly Father comfort you and your family at this most difficult time. Psalms 145:18,19

Posted by Ruby    July 27, 2017

My condolences to the family in their grief. May God ease your pain and suffering and give peace and comfort during this most difficult time. Barb NC

Posted by A friend   July 27, 2017

John Kundla was truly blessed to have lived such a long and full life! So many cannot say the same. May he forever be in our hearts and in God's book of life.

Posted by A friend   July 27, 2017

Sorry for your loss , what a wonderful life he lived 101 year old he was especially stronger . Psalms 90:10

Posted by A friend   July 26, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   July 26, 2017

My good wishes and hopes in your next journey.

Posted by Edwin.Flipper Griffin - Hopkins, MN   July 26, 2017


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   July 25, 2017

I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of John. About 60-some years ago, I was his secretary for the Minneapolis Lakers, when the offices were still in the old Loeb Arcade, which I am sure is no longer even there. He was fun to work with, forgave my mistakes, and made the job fun to go to. I helped move the team to Los Angeles a few years later - different coach, different circumstances, but never forgot John and the great times I had working for him - son Tom was our office boy! My deepest sympathy...
Marcia Hannum, Denver Colorado

Posted by A friend   July 25, 2017

Cherish the memories. God will open his hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:16

Posted by A friend   July 25, 2017

I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss. And also may your family find comfort love and strength and with the loving support of family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by Thea    July 25, 2017

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by A friend   July 24, 2017

Our condolences to you all. What an amazing life he lived. My Dad, George Hanson, was assistant under Coach Kundla at the University of Minnesota and had the utmost respect for him.

Thinking about your entire family.


Peter Hunter-Hanson, Karen Hanson and the entire Hanson family

Posted by Peter Hunter-Hanson - Minneapolis, MN   July 24, 2017

What a wonderful person he was. Whenever I saw him at Mass or in the hall for Bingo at Catholic Eldercare, or the halls of Mainstreet Lodge, or wherever with his son Jim, he would take the time to take my hand in his hands and greet me in his language. I will miss his beautiful smile. God Bless you John, and may God give you lots of candy. Jane Marino Kibler

Posted by A friend   July 24, 2017

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Remember our Heavenly Father will soon take away all pain and sorrow.

~lN Birmingham, Al.

Posted by A friend   July 24, 2017

What a remarkable career and longevity to reach being a centenarian plus one. May the Kundla family be comforted in knowing that John will return to his youth as promised at Job 33:25.

Posted by Lillian Wu - Chicago, IL   July 24, 2017

Please except my condolences on behalf of your love one John Kundla. May the God of Peace and Comfort be with the family and friends at this time SP

Posted by A friend   July 24, 2017

Godspeed, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Fair winds and following seas sailor.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   July 24, 2017

This message is from Bob Harrison who played for the Lakers in the NBA & was coached by John Kundla. I am his sister-in-law & he currently is visiting me in Columbus & left his cell at home.. I believe Bob is the oldest NBA player alive today as well as the oldest ex-Laker. He will be 90 in about 2 weeks & remembers John Kundl well. His message is as follows:
He was a wonderful person - kind, respectful of his players, & never (in all the games we played) did I hear him use a swear word. Judy, my wife (who passed away last year) adored both John & his wife. We had several dinners together over the years & we always enjoyed being with them. I am very sorry to hear of his passing & my sincerest condolences go to his family. Bob Harrison

Posted by Bob Harrison - Palm City, FL   July 24, 2017

To the family of Mr Kundla, So saddened to hear of your loss. Your father was truly an amazing and talented gentlemen. May God grant solace to the family during this most challenging time. May God's promise of eliminating sickness and death forever comfort you. With Love & heartfelt sympathies.

Posted by Friends - NY   July 24, 2017

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by A friend   July 24, 2017

Our condolences to the Kundla family and friends - rest in peace John.

Posted by Marty Koss - San Antonio, TX   July 24, 2017

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John Kundla, a Basketball Hall of Famer who was the first head coach of the Minneapolis Lakers, died Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was 101.