Archive for Thursday, June 21, 2001

Donald R. Kurtz


June 21, 2001

Services for Donald R. Kurtz, 75, LaCygne, formerly of Gardner, were Tuesday, June 19, at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner. Military graveside services and burial were at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe.

Mr. Kurtz died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center, Leavenworth.

He was born March 30, 1926, in Eudora, the son of Elmer Charles and Amanda Mae (Weatherford) Kurtz. He grew up in Eudora, and lived in Gardner, Spring Hill and LaCygne before moving to the VA facilities in 1994. He graduated from Gardner High School in 1944. He was an assistant postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Gardner. He retired in 1970. He also was a municipal judge for the City of Gardner for five years and the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

He was a member of the Gardner Presbyterian Church, Gardner. He was a member of the NRA, VFW, American Legion, Gardner; DAV, Spring Hill; Kansas Peace Officers Association; National Arbor Day Foundation and the National WildLife Federation. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II.

Two brothers, Fred Kurtz and Ira Kurtz, preceded him in death.

Survivors include three sons, Patrick Allen Kurtz, Pittsburg, Phillip Walter Kurtz, Everett, Wash., and William Charles Kurtz, Pittsburg; two brothers, Clifford "Bud" Kurtz, Edwardsville, and Martin Lee Kurtz; and a sister, Barbara Newbanks, Olathe.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Leavenworth VA American Legion Auxiliary Fund, c/o Bruce Funeral Home, P.O. Box 192, Gardner, KS 66030.

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