Ralph Henry Kurtz, 80, of Darmstadt, IL; born on May 10, 1937 in Todds Mill, IL; passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at his home. Mr. Kurtz was a electrical lineman, professional tree trimmer and a farmer. He was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church. Ralph enjoyed camping and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents – Joseph and Clara, nee Wrzesniewski, Kurtz. One daughter – Nancy Renth. Two grandchildren – Allan Kurtz, Jr. and Baby Kurtz. Three brothers and three sisters.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife – Alice, nee Range, Kurtz whom he married on April 7, 1961 at St. Agatha Catholic Church. His children – Michael (Regina) Kurtz, Sr. of New Athens, IL; Annette (Jeff) Leonhardt of Marissa, IL; Richard (Becky) Kurtz of Darmstadt, IL; Allan (Wendy) Kurtz of Oakdale, IL; Edmund (Cheri) Kurtz of Venedy, IL; Lawrence (Erica) Kurtz of Sparta, IL; Charles (Erin) Kurtz of Okawville, IL. His grandchildren – Michael (Heather) Kurtz, Jr.; Jill (Greg) Sindel; Joseph (Melissa) Kurtz; Zachary (Brittany) Kurtz; Bradley (Jeana) Kurtz; Jessica (Nick) Weber; Ashley (Josh) Cumer; Kody (Hillary Schuette – fiance) Kurtz; Heather Renth; Hollie Renth; Hannah Renth; Clara (Eric) Dressler; Cole Kurtz; Levi Kurtz; Loughlyn Kurtz; Lawson Kurtz; Evelyn Kurtz. Thirteen great-grandchildren. One sister – Barbara (John) Easter of Oakville, MO. One brother-in-law – Cecil Rogers of Orlando, FL. Two sisters- in-law – Edna Dintelman of St. Libory, IL; Betty Winter of St. Libory, IL.
Memorials may be made to in the form of Masses, to Vitas Hospice or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.heilschuessler.com
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m.) and on Monday, September 25, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m..
Funeral: A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Mark Reyling officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held in St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.