Sauk City/Madison — Raymond Peter Kurth, 90 years old, formerly of Madison, passed away on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Sauk City, due to complications from diabetes.
Ray was born on January 31, 1924 in Madison to the late Jacob and Louise (Littel) Kurth. He was a graduate of Madison East High School, class of 1942, and Holy Redeemer Catholic Grade School. On May 10, 1947, he married Jeanette Pickarts at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Madison.
Ray was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army at the Battle of the Bulge with Battery B, 591st Field Artillery, 106th Division. He was honorably discharged on February 26, 1946 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. The lifelong friendships resulting from his wartime service were celebrated at the annual Battery B reunions for over 50 years. He lived the majority of his life in his hometown, Madison, where he was active as a fast-pitch softball player for many years. He was a member of the Madison Police Department for 31 years, retiring in 1979 at the rank of Lieutenant Supervisor of the Youth Aid Bureau. After his retirement, he and his wife relocated to their cottage on the Wisconsin River near Mazomanie where they enjoyed many years of relaxation and independence. He and his wife also traveled for a time to visit friends throughout the country, and take breaks from the harsh Wisconsin winters. Their travel was highlighted by a trip to Europe. He also worked for a time as a private investigator, primarily for the firm of Atterbury, Riley and Luebke. Throughout his life, Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a loyal fan of the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Bucks. He was also a member of St. Norbert Catholic Church in Roxbury.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-seven years, Jeanette; his children, Raymond (Ramona) Kurth, Deborah (Grant) Weina, Patricia Kurth, Rich Kurth, Mary Kurth, Michael (Becky) Kurth; his grandchildren, Hope Weina (J.R.) James, Sarah (Mark) Sauer, Aaron Kurth, Kristin Kurth, Joseph Kurth, Sophia Kurth, Samantha Kurth, Christopher Kurth; great-grandchildren, Kingston, Gianna and Adelyne James; sister, Rilla (Kurth) Miller; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wayne (Phyllis) Pickarts, Joyce (Dehaven) Pickarts; and many nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Louise (Littel) Kurth; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bernard and Matilda (Birrenkott) Pickarts; his brothers-in-law, Raymond Pickarts and Rev. Bernard Pickarts; and his sister and her husband, Ruth and Robert Gallus.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 noon on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 505 Dempsey Road, with Father Randy Timmerman presiding. Burial with military honors will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.
To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Avenue 608-249-8257
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