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Wallace Laverne (Wally) Kurtz

1926 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
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Wallace Laverne Kurtz (Wally)

August 27, 1926

July 1, 2013

Wallace Laverne Kurtz (Wally) born August 27, 1926 in Sykeston, North Dakota and passed away July, 1 2013 at the age of 86. When fifteen, his parents moved to Sparks where he remained the rest of his life. After high school he joined the Navy and served in the Pacific theater until the close of World War II. He attended the University of Nevada where he was listed with Who's Who in American Universities. He earned a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision followed by post graduate work at the University of Washington. His career was in public education as a teacher, principal and central office administrator for thirty-two years. After retirement from the Washoe County School District, he taught part time at the Truckee Meadows Community College for five years. He was active in professional organizations serving as State President for the Nevada Parent and Teachers Association, the Retired Public Employees of Nevada, and AARP. He served on the Governor's Commission on Aging, the Commission on Education for the National Congress of Parents and Teachers and held lifetime membership in the PTA at state and national levels. As a National Registered Parliamentarian, he assisted many groups in that capacity including the Retired Public Employees of Nevada, the State PTA and Nevada State Retired Teachers Association. In addition to his professional life, he was a fond parent, loved reading, playing cards, exploring Nevada by four wheel drive and camping. In recent years, he and Janee explored in their motor home visiting many scenic spots in the western states. Survived by his second wife, Janee, brother Charles, four children Cindy Mortensen, Fernley, NV; Keryl Kurtz, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Rickey Kurtz, Phoenix, AZ; and Chris Kurtz, Reno, NV; grandchildren Jessen Mortensen, Cole Mortensen, Misty Conely; great grandson, Paden Mortensen and great granddaughters, Riley and Simone Mortensen, and Rosemarie Conely. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Lois, brother Earl, and sister Elvera. At his request, he wishes to give thanks to his caring family for their concern and help in his declining years. Janee with Daisy - their loving basset hound - will dearly miss his smile. A memorial service will be held July 10th, 11am at the Final Wishes Funeral Home (Masonic Memorial Gardens) 437 Stoker Ave in Reno. A celebration of life will be held immediately after services at Janee and Wally's home. Location information provided at the services. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 4935 Energy Way, Reno, NV, 89502.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on July 7, 2013
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