Douglas Martin Kort(1923-2012)

Come to me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
Douglas Martin Kort, 89, lived his life fully every day, and only reluctantly took time to rest. He was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Doug passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 10, 2012. "Doug" was born on a farm in Ayr, Nebraska on February 16, 1923. After graduating from high school, Doug joined the Army at age 19 and proudly served his country in Guam until WWII ended. He married Junella (June) Giger in 1948 and he farmed in Ayr for the next ten years. In 1959, he moved to Lodi with his wife and three young children. Doug built custom homes as "Kort Builder of Fine Homes" for the next 25 years, primarily in Rio Vista. During his retirement years, his love of Fords led him to build over 300 one-sixth scale model cars, tractors, and horse machinery, many of which are displayed in his barn, at S.J. Historical Museum, the Heidrick Ag History Museum, and in Ayr at the firehouse. Doug has been featured in several tractor magazines and has proudly displayed his models at many tractor shows in several states. He and his wife were long-time members of St. Peter Lutheran Church. Those who knew Doug would agree he always had a big smile on his face.
Doug was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, June; parents, Fred and Octavia Kort; father and mother-in-law, Gus and Lena Giger; sisters-in-law, LaVonna Kort and Lillian Sterling; brothers-in-law, Bill Cumberland and Elmer Hohlen; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Kort; and nephew, Richard Heinrich. He is survived by his son, Dallas (Joni) Kort of Lodi; daughter, Shirley (Geno) Meath of Lodi; daughter, Jill (Dave) Whetter of De Soto, Kansas; eight grandchildren, Jason (Lisa) Kort and Jeffrey Kort of Lodi; step-granddaughter, Carrie Young of Stockton; Rachel (Bryce) Aebi of Fresno; Jenna Meath of Mountain House; D.J. (Lori) of Shawnee, Kansas; Christine Whetter (Karson Thompson) of Austin, Texas; and Dana Whetter of Lawrence, Kansas; three great-grandchildren, Clayton, Hannah, and Addison (a fourth due in June 2013); brother, Gene (Betty) Kort; sisters, Colleen Hohlen, Arelyn Cumberland, LaMerle (Pete) Peterson, and Sheryl (Darryl) Bettencourt; sister-in-law, Laura Mae (Joe) Kalig; brothers-in-law Ervin Giger and Tony Sterling; and 25 nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his "family in Germany," Ulrike and Ralf Miszewski, Stefan & Christoph.
A memorial service will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2400 Oxford Way, Lodi, at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012.
If you desire to offer a memorial in Doug's name, the family respectfully suggests contributions be made to Hospice of San Joaquin County, 3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, California, 95204 or St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2400 Oxford Way, Lodi, California, 95242.

Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Nov. 14 to Nov. 21, 2012