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Orville Kurtz


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Orville I. Kurtz

May 5, 2014

Orville I. Kurtz passed peacefully on May 5, 2014. Orv was born on May 10, 1924 in Arlington Heights, IL, son of the late Orville T. and Laura Kurtz. He attended Grade School and High School in Arlington Heights where he participated in track and football and graduated in 1942. After working at the Chicago Daily News, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp. during World War II and served as a Flying Fortress Waist Gunner from 1942-1945.

He met Jessie (Jay) Stacy while stationed in Texas and they married on March 16, 1945. He attended Bradley University and the University of Illinois where he graduated from the School of Architecture in 1950. After working for several Architectural Firms he became staff architect for Cities Service Oil Company. He started his own architectural firm in September 1959 and sold it in 1989. During that time the firm received many architectural awards and was licensed to practice architecture throughout the Midwestern States and Florida. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and acknowledged in "Who's Who in the Midwest".

Orv was a Past Commander of the American Legion Post 36 and a Life Member. He was twice President of the Rotary Club of Des Plaines, Illinois and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a life member of the B.P. O. Elks and a Chairman of the Architectural Commission of Des Plaines for many years. As a member of the First Congregational Church of Des Plaines he was a Scoutmaster, Chairman of the Board of Deacons and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jay, and brother Wesley W. Kurtz. He is survived by 3 daughters; Stacie (Dennis) Janecki of Kennesaw, GA, Janice Kurtz, Wheeling, IL and Karen (Lenny) Magnifico, Des Plaines, IL. They have six grandchildren, Dawn and Brett Luebke, Kris and Eric Janecki, and Trista Jay Magnifico and Traci Tedeschi and nine great grandchildren, Kyle, Nathan, Ryan, Jorden, Connor, Kendall, Braeden, Hayden, and Rylan.

Orv married Lucille M. Nehmzow in June 1982. They lived in Prospect Heights, IL before retiring to Lehigh Acres, FL in 1992. They designed and built a Florida style home with a large swimming pool, sundeck, and a room to grow orchids.

Lucille's children are Ken Nehmzow of Houston, TX, Karen Grant of Lehigh Acres, FL, Tom Nehmzow of Austin, TX, and Lori (Tim) Woomert of Roselle, IL. They have four grandchildren, Mitchell and Maggie Moylan, Beth Grant, and Tommy Nehmzow, and one great grandchild, Kylie.

While living in Lehigh Acres Orv served on the Community Health Association and Community Redevelopment Agency. He originated the idea and the scheme for landscaping the Homestead Road Business District.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p, Friday May 9, 2014 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Lehigh Acres, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church building fund, 215 Richmond Ave. N. Lehigh Acres, FL 33972



Published in The News-Press on May 8, 2014
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