A. Gilbert Kurtz, 83, of Mitchell, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Holy Apostles’ Episcopal Church in Mitchell with Pastors Chris and Sheryl Kester-Beyer and Deacon Angela Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2018 at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. Memorials may be directed to Holy Apostles’ Episcopal Church or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bridgmanfuneralhome.com.
Gilbert was born September 1, 1934 to Arthur and Anna (Groskopf) Kurtz on the family farm north of Mitchell. He attended grade school at Haig and graduated from Mitchell High School. Gilbert went on to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for one year.
Gilbert joined his father and brother farming and later worked at B&C Motors in Mitchell. He began farming on his own in 1959 and retired in 2017.
Gilbert married Patricia A. Kennedy in 1957 at Holy Apostles’ Episcopal Church and to this union four children were born: Jerry, Laura, Annette and Kathy.
He was a Great Western High Ten Beet Grower for several years. He was extremely active in his church participating in the vestry and choir and was on the Haig school board for many years as well.
Gilbert never knew a stranger. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and was always the first to offer help wherever needed. This especially made him an amazing neighbor and friend. He was reliable, honest and hardworking. Gilbert had a heart of gold and was thought of as a father and mentor to many people throughout the years. Although Gilbert had numerous outstanding qualities, above all, he was an extraordinary husband, father, grandpa and great grandpa. His family was his pride and joy and he will be dearly missed by all.
Survivors include his wife, Patty of Mitchell; children, Jerry Kurtz of Scottsbluff, Laura Kurtz of Gering, Annette (Mark) Knaub of Harrisburg and Kathy (Chad) Propp of Minatare; grandchildren, Joslyn Kurtz of Scottsbluff, Michael John Kurtz of Mitchell, Kelsey (Josh) Loutsenhiser, Jacob (Ashley) Knaub, Kinsey (Tanner) Groves and Jordan (Kaitlin) Knaub all of Harrisburg and Dalton Propp of Dutton, Virginia; great grandchildren, Kassie, Kambrie and Jaxson Loutzenhiser, Trenton and Addison Knaub, Bexlie and Henry Groves and Colbie and Camden Knaub all of Harrisburg; sister, Cynthia (Robert) Brown of Virginia; and sisters in law, Barbara (Don) Frank of Georgia and Kay Chatterton of Torrington, WY.