Turtle  Kientz, aged 69, passed  away  on  December 18, 2019.
He   was   preceded   in   death   by  his  beloved  wife,  Deanna
Nipp-Kientz, his  parents  Marjorie  and  Victor Kientz Jr. and his
brother  Thomas Victor Kientz. He  is  survived  by  his daughter
Amy  Kientz,    daughter  Gretchen Bybee  and  son  in  law  Jeff
Bybee,    grandson    Brandon  Marina,   granddaughter   Hailey
Marina and her  partner Dylan Bangert,  granddaughter  Parker
Bybee,  grandson  Dylan  Bybee, and  great grandson Jameson
Bangert. He  is  also  survived  by  brothers  Dennis Kientz  and
Michael Kientz, his cat Sweetie, and his turtle Terrence.

Turtle   was   born  as  Donald  Steven  Kientz  in  New  Orleans
and  was  a  passionate  lover  of  New  Orleans music and food
throughout his life. He was DJ of the Boogie on the Bayou radio
show on Radio Free Nashville and the proud winner of the 2016
Cookeville Cooking on the Square gumbo cook off.     He  found
his second home in Cookeville Tennessee when he met his wife
Deanna, and  was  active  with  the  Cookeville Friends Meeting
(Quaker).    He   was   an   Eagle   Scout,  a  former  respiratory
therapist, a fan of the Grateful Dead, a passionate  progressive
and an aficionado of all things tie dyed.  The family would like to
thank Amanda Gaona,  Brian Paddock,  Ralph Bowden  and  all
the good people of the Cookeville Quaker Meeting for their help
and devotion during his extended illness.   A  graveside  service
will be held Sunday, December 22nd at 1 p.m. at the Cookeville
City Cemetery.
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