Gerald (Jerry) Joseph Kurth, 63, lifelong businessman of Le Mars and Okoboji, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at his home in Milford,, after a two year battle with cancer with family by his side.
Jerry was born Jan. 20, 1949, in Le Mars, to Norman and Orle (Uhl) Kurth. As a young man, he worked for the family dry cleaning business and competed in football, basketball and golf for the Le Mars Bulldogs. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church.
After graduating from Le Mars Community High School in 1967, Jerry became the sports director for KLEM radio station and ran the Dance-Mor Ballroom while attending Westmar College. On Aug. 23, 1970, he married Debbie Clement and they had two children, Jennifer and Jay.
Jerry began his business career in August 1972, when he opened Neets N' Grubs Women's Wear and Neets N' Grubs Men's Wear in downtown Le Mars. In the mid 1970s, Jerry obtained his real estate license, working for Kurth Real Estate and later opening and brokering Creative Reality.
Jerry was very active in the community of LeMars. He was a member of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce helping to initiate the downtown Ridiculous Days and Bingo Tent at the Plymouth County Fair.
Jerry also helped develop the West Floyd Slow-Pitch Softball Complex.
During his real estate career, he established a subdivision in southeast Le Mars and was instrumental in constructing numerous homes throughout the community.
In 1994, Jerry moved to the Iowa Great Lakes area and began operating the Wharf Restaurant. He worked to make lakeside dining a fun family attraction. He retired in 2010.
Jerry took great passion in whatever he did, helping many people along the way.
He found enjoyment in fishing, coaching his children, watching football and playing cards with the boys.
Jerry was a devoted father, brother, grandfather, friend and coach. He will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his two children, Jennifer and her husband, Pete Isais, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jay and his wife, Jennifer Kurth, of Fort Collins, Colo.; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Kaye Kurth, of Le Mars, brother, Richard Kurth, of Le Mars; three grandchildren, Peter and Myah Isais and Blaise Kurth; three nieces, one nephew and special children Holly, Jenny and Joel Guthrie.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Linda Kurth, and close friend and companion, Diane Guthrie.
A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. Visitation will begin after 4 p.m. Sunday with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. A parish scripture service will begin at 7 p.m. Turner Jenness Funeral Home of Milford in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent at www.turnerfuneralhomes.com.