Robert Kurtz

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FORT DODGE - Robert R. Kurtz, 87, died Friday, Jan. 7, at the Trinity Regional Medical Center.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Military honors will be presented by V.F.W. Post No. 1856. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed First Congregational United Church of Christ or to Friendship Haven. Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services handled arrangements.
Robert Runkle Kurtz was born in Fort Dodge on Jan. 25, 1923, the son of Harry and Lucile Kurtz. He attended the Fort Dodge schools, graduating in the class of 1941. In the fall of 1941 he entered the University of Iowa. In Nov. 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He served three years in both the European theater, France and Germany; and the Asiatic Pacific theater in the Philippines and Japan. He was honorably discharged in Feb. 1946. He returned to the University and graduated in 1948 with a BSC degree. He was united in marriage to Iva Jean Folvag in the Badger Lutheran Church in Badger in August 1947. After graduating from the university, he went to work as an accounting machine salesman for the Burroughs Adding Machine Co. In 1951, he purchased an interest in the Charles A. Brown Clothing store. In 1984, the store was sold to Mr. & Mrs. Charles Hancock.
Surviving are three children; John (Diane) Kurtz, Independence, Susan Betten (William), Woodbury, Minn. and William Kurtz, Fort Dodge. Also surviving are grandchildren, Nathan Kurtz, Urbana, Ill, Adrienne Lane (Dan), Lugoff, S.C., Brittany Buss (Taylor), Parkersburg, Mitchell Kurtz (Abby) Cedar Falls, Christopher Betten, Woodbury, Minn., and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Lucile Kurtz, his wife Jean (Folvag) Kurtz, twin sister Jane Kurtz Reed, and Margaret (Betty Kurtz) Boardman.
Robert belonged to the Fort Dodge Rotary Club, Elks Club, life member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, University of Iowa Alumni Assoc., Fort Dodge Duplicate Bridge Club, Fort Dodge Betterment Foundation and a life long member of the First Congregational Church. He served as president of the Iowa Clothiers Association, the Fort Dodge Rotary Club, the Fort Dodge 'I' Club and was chairman of the Associated Retailers, the Downtown Development Corporation, former Director of the First American Bank, and served on the boards of the Red Cross, United Way, Credit Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Dodge Jaycees.
In 2006 he was honored as Citizen of the Year, was Grand Marshal of the Frontier Days parade, and recognized as one of the Special Achievers during the celebration. Community involvement was his passion over the years. He enjoyed playing bridge, tennis, gardening, fishing, family vacations, travel, and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14, 2011