James S. Kortan
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James S. Kortan Feb. 6, 1941 - May 6, 2013 James was a firefighter in the black hills of South Dakota. Then he moved to Kansas where he joined Salina Police Dept. He then became a gunner in the U.S. Army and served in Viet Nam. When he moved to Austin he served with the Travis County Sheriff's Dept. before becoming an Austin Police Officer, where he retired as Sgt. in Robbery and Homicide in 1998. Preceded in death by mother Gertrude Mehlhaff Kortan and Steven J. Kortan. He is survived by beloved wife of 12 years Penny Kortan and son Steve (Stephanie) Jones of Washington State and sister Karen (Al) Riker of Irving, TX. Other children Michael (Anita) Kortan, Tami Martin, Cinda & Debra Kortan and several grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2013 at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Jones, Mark Riker, Steven Riker, Jimmy Brown, Curtis King, Ben Wright, Joe Hebert & Tom Crowe. In lieu of flowers please send a care package to our troops overseas.





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Published in Austin American-Statesman on May 9, 2013.
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May 14, 2013
I worked with Jim at the Sheriffs in the 70's.He was a good man. Sorry for your loss.
John Barton
May 11, 2013
Geez, what a good guy. He was a hoot and brought many a laugh/smile to me. He was well respected...
May 11, 2013
rest in peace my brother officer. god bless you and family.my condolences to the family.
James vaughn
May 10, 2013

Deborah, Cinda and Darlene, please accept my condolences. Jim was an awesome man. You are all in my prayers and I love you.
Debra White
May 10, 2013
Cinda and Debra -- your Dad was a good man who treated my Mother and I very good while I was growing up. I have many good memories of those times.
Love,
David Wayne
David Nichols
May 9, 2013
Deborah and Cynda, I am saddened by the news of the loss of your Daddy. We enjoyed many laughs and good times back when we were working together at the Sheriff's Department so many years ago.

Bobby Williams
May 9, 2013
Cinda, Darlene, and Deborah: I am truely sorry for your loss. If you need anything please call me. I love y'all and your are in my prayers
Deb and David Hite
May 9, 2013
Cinda and Debra. I am so very sorry for your loss. So many laughs, so many years ago. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Barbara
Barbara Nungesser-Stegall
May 9, 2013
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