Donald A. Kurtz, 82


Donald A. Kurtz, 82, of West Bend, died on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital following a four-year battle with lung cancer.

He was born on Aug. 5, 1931, to the late Albert and Hattie (nee Lamphear) Kurtz in Horicon. Donald graduated as salutatorian of the Horicon High School Class of 1949 and was selected to attend Badger Boys State. He joined the U.S. Air Force in spring 1951 and was stationed in Lake Charles, La.

While on leave from the Air Force, he was united in marriage to Josephine B. Kurtz (nee Blodgett) at St. John’s Lutheran in Juneau, on June 13, 1953. Josephine predeceased him on July 27, 2002. Donald later married his current wife, Joan Nickash (nee Liesch) on Feb. 12, 2005.

Following his military service, Donald went to school to become a printer, a career that he faithfully served his whole life. He worked at the Horicon Reporter, Juneau Independent, Badger-Freund Printing in Fond du Lac and eventually at Serigraph in West Bend, where he retired in 1994 following 23 years of service. He also briefly owned his own print shop in Fond du Lac: K&K Printing.

Donald was a self-described “marsh rat” and loved everything outdoors including fishing, hunting, gardening and lawn care. He loved spending time at the family cottage in Necedah. He was a loyal Packers fan and NASCAR fan and also a “fix-it-man extraordinaire.”

Donald was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend.

Donald is survived by his wife Joan; sons Michael (Linda) of West Bend and Larry (Helena) of Florence; his stepchildren Terry (Karen) Nickash of Milwaukee, Becky (Kenneth) Sarsha of Springfield, Ill., Cindy (Merle) Justman of Mayville, and Kevin Nickash of West Bend; his g randch i l d ren Stephanie (Scott) Hundt, Andrea (Dr. Matthew) Lochen, Michael Kurtz, Ashley Kurtz, Cody Kurtz, Danny Kurtz and Susie Kurtz; seven step-grandchildren; seven step-great children; great-granddaughter, Eden Hundt; a sister, Carol (Floyd) Ferries of Mayville; sister-in-laws Louise Kurtz of Beaver Dam and Linda Blodgett of Webster; brother-in-law Robert Wolfram of Beloit; and many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. Donald is further survived by his hunting buddy, Michael (Susan) Ellefson, who he referred to as his “third son.”

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Josephine; infant children Susan Marie and Thomas Donald; brother Leonard Kurtz and sister Marcella Dornfeldt; brother in-laws Vilas Dornfeldt, Donald Blodgett, Franklin Blodgett and Steve Gregonis; sister-in-laws Helen Wolfram and Vivian Gregonis; infant brothers Lawrence and Edwin; and many other friends and loved ones.

Visitation will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, 140 N. Seventh Ave. in West Bend from 4-5:45 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, with funeral service at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Schoob officiating. Burial will be at Stone Cemetery, Burnett, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.