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Obituary: Richard M. "Dick" Kurtz, Columbus

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Richard M. "Dick" Kurtz, 86, of Taylor Road, passed from this life at 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Miller's Merry Manor in Hope.

Mr. Kurtz was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged October 22, 1952.

He was an auto body repairman for Nichols Body Company for many years, was a tool salesman for Gage Company and then was a parts inspector at Sacoma International Inc. He enjoyed membership at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Columbus, Hope American Legion and Prairie Promenaders Square Dance Club.

An outdoorsman, Dick enjoyed NASCAR and woodworking and he could and loved to repair anything that needed fixing.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Rev. Patrick Galligar officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by Bartholomew County Veterans Color Guard.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Care Ministry at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the Kurtz family and a video tribute may be viewed at

Born in New Leipzig, North Dakota, January 21, 1927, and raised in Missoula, Montana, Mr. Kurtz was the son of Henry and Mary Sprecker Kurtz. He married Anna F. Grow February 21, 1953.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years; his children, Jan (Matt) Marlin of Hope, John (Deanna) Kurtz of Columbus, and Michaelle Delay of Columbus; grandchildren, Michael, Jordan, Adam, and Connor Kurtz, Nick Marlin, and Haley Delay; sisters, Laura Brester of Renton, WA, and Emma (Jim) Barkley of Deer Lodge, MT; brothers, Reinhart (Martha) Kurtz of Helena, MT, and Dennis Sprecker of Denver, CO; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mr. Kurtz was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Arthur and Edmund Kurtz.

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