Leo Dee Kortz

Leo Dee Kortz Battle Creek Leo Dee Kortz, 76, died Friday, January 25, 2013 at his home. He was born November 5, 1936. In loving memory of Leo Dee Kortz; brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Leo is survived by his wife, Darla Lee (Humbarger) Kortz of 56 years; five children and their spouses: Lorena (Kortz) and John Sebright of Battle Creek, Michgian; Teri (Kortz) and Patrick Duff of Battle Creek, Michigan; Katrena (Kortz) and Paul Martin of Colorado; Leo and Teri Kortz of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Bridget (Kortz) Halder of Battle Creek Michgian, his 5 beloved siblings, sisters- and brothers-in law, many nieces and nephews, 15 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, son-in-law and one great-grandchild.Leo was born in Bear Lake, Michigan, where he spent his childhood, met and married his beloved wife, and started his family. He and his wife raised their family in Battle Creek, Michigan, in the same home that they have lived for more than 45 years -- a walk through the home or gardens will reveal Leo's artistry from molding to the gazebo in the garden. He retired from Bell Telephone Company several years ago; in his "retirement" years he has enjoyed sharing his many talents with others and was known to us all as the man to go to when your car wasn't working, you had a motor that needed fixing or help with a construction project. In between his many projecs, he loved and cared for his dog, Itsy; riding his motorcycle both short and long distances, seeing many beautiful places along the way. While not known to be a patient man, he was a loving man and his son, sons-in-law, grandsons, and great-grandsons are left better men for having had him as a teacher and mentor -- he lives on in them.This is in celebration of his life -- the last several years in which he has struggled through illness but remained a vibrant and strong man (three generations have learned to drive a vehicle under his tutelage and his tractor --just a tiny part of the legacy he leaves behind) -- his family and friends will always cherish the memories of him dropping what he was doing to help with a project, fix a car, or teach a child "to do it on their own". Leo, Dad, Grandpa, Papa, Great-grandpa -- by all of your names -- we miss you already! We find comfort in the knowledge that you no longer feel pain but will wait (finally patiently) for us. May you rest in peace until we meet again (and we all know just the tractor or the gazebo that we can sit upon until that time). A private service will be held at a later date. Memorial tributes may be made to the Calhoun County Humane Society or the Cereal City Goldwing Motorcycle Club. Arrangements by the Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service. (269)788-9800 www.baxterfuneral.com

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Jan. 28, 2013