Laverne E. Kurtz, 86, of Kingsley, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehab Center.
Laverne Emert Kurtz was born April 15, 1920, at Wessington Springs, S.D., the son of Albert and Nettie (Ray) Kurtz. At the age of seven, Laverne's family moved to the Kingsley, Iowa area where he attended country school. Following his education he assisted his family with farming.
On Nov. 26, 1941, Laverne and Mildred Ahrendsen were united in marriage in Kingsley. The couple farmed south of Kingsley for six years before relocating to a farm north of town. In 1962, the decision was made to quit farming and enter the feed business. The family moved into Kingsley and opened the Kurtz Feed Service. Laverne would retire in 1985. On Sept. 8, 2006 he moved to the Kingsley Nursing and Rehab Center.
Laverne was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kingsley. He enjoyed gardening, yard work and raising sheep. In years past he volunteered with the Little League Baseball organization.
Survivors include his wife Mildred of Kingsley; a son, Gale Kurtz of Sioux City, a son Dana Kurtz and his wife Doreatha of Bowie, Md., and a daughter, Jeanette Saurman and her husband Dave of Urbandale; nine grandchildren Tracy (Dan) Hitchcock of Savage, Minn., Kelly (Brian) Gugat of Urbandale, Kari Kurtz of Sioux City, Breann Kurtz of Sioux City, Angie Kurtz of Bowie, Md., Jason Kurtz of South Sioux City, Neb., Karlie Kurtz of Bowie, Md., Kristy Saurman of West Des Moines and Jessica Saurman of Urbandale; five great-grandchildren Kahler Kurtz, Madison Siemieniewski, Jakob Hitchcock, Benjamin Gugat, and Abigail Hitchcock; two sisters, Gladys Graham of Kingsley, and Phyllis Monke and her husband Melvin of Kingsley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Estelle and a brother Emery.
Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Kingsley, with the Rev. Roger Kurtenbach officiating. Burial will follow at the Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the Rohde-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley with the family present from 5 to7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Saturday.