Kuntupis to be inducted into Weirton Hall of Fame


WEIRTON — A former area educator, coach and athletic official is among those selected to become part of the Weirton Hall of Fame.

Louis Kuntupis will be a member of the hall of fame’s class of 2019, set to be inducted under the category of sports and athletics.

This year’s Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 11 at Undo’s in Weirton.

Kuntupis was born July 26, 1932 to immigrants, George and Sophie Kuntupis.

He started working at the age of 11 at Holiday’s Cove Bakery, where he would remain on and off for approximately 20 years.

After graduating from Weir High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a medic in San Antonio, Texas.

Returning home, he enrolled at West Liberty State College, earning a degree in English and social studies. Also during this time, he married Barbara Fillmore, with whom he raised four children, George, Linda, John and Kristeen.

Kuntupis continues his education, earning a master’s degree from West Virginia University, while continue to work a number of jobs, including at Holiday’s Cove Bakery, teaching in Hancock County Schools for 34 year and being a caretaker at Three Springs Cemetery for 15 years.

He coached junior high football for 12 years and was a West Virginia athletic official for 33 years. This included 20 years as a football referee, 20 years as a basketball referee and 33 years as a baseball umpire.

He was inducted into the Dapper Dan Hall of Fame, which honors sports greats from the Upper Ohio Valley, in 1994.

His motto while teaching was “The students may forget what you taught them, but they will never forget that you cared about them.”

Other members of the Weirton Hall of Fame Class of 2019 are Herman F. Capito, business; Dr. Eli Dragisich, public service; Brenda Casey, music and fine arts; Richard “Rik” Rekowski, public service; Stephen G. Greiner, sports and athletics; and Robert L. Watson Jr., music and fine arts.

Tickets are on sale now through Wednesday, at a cost of $30 per person. They will be available at the Weirton Municipal Building, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will not be available the day of the event.