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Obituary: Clarence Kurtz


December 31, 2018

Clarence Kurtz

Clarence Kurtz, 93, passed away on Dec. 23, 2018, at Golden Acres Manor, Carrington. The funeral was held Dec. 28, at Grace Lutheran Church, Carrington. Burial was in Sykeston Cemetery, Sykeston, N.D. Rev. Carlyle Roth officiated, special music was provided by Renee Hopkins and Alison Schumann.

Clarence Kurtz was born on June 18, 1925, in rural Cathay Township, Wells County, N.D. to William Kurtz and Hulda (Cellmer) Kurtz. He was confirmed and baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sykeston. Clarence attended Cathay Grade School and received his honorary diploma in November, 2001, from the Veteran's Administration. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1944. Clarence served at the Navy Air Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and at the Air Base at San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was discharged in 1946.

Clarence married Avis Nelson on Nov. 5, 1947. Clarence and Avis were blessed with two children, son Brent in 1961, and daughter Beth in 1965.

Clarence served as a church elder at St. Paul's Lutheran Church for many years and was able to see the church celebrate its 100th birthday in July 2013. He enjoyed his 51 years serving on the township board. Clarence also held a position for 30 years on the Federal Land Bank Board of Directors. He was a member of the American Legion, Sykeston Post #17 for 70 years. In May of 2011, Clarence attended the Roughriders Flight to Washington D.C. to view the World War II Monument which was built in honor of all World War II Veterans.

Clarence is survived by his wife; son, Brent (Shelly) Kurtz, Sykeston; daughter, Beth (Steve) Tweed, Palmer, Alaska; five granddaughters; six great grandchildren and a sister, Darlene (Jerry) Lund, Jamestown, N.D.

Clarence is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Adeline Neumiller; two brothers, Elmer Kurtz and Arnold Kurtz.

Arrangements made by Evans Funeral Home, N.D.


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