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2009-08-27 / Obituaries

Rudy Kurtz, Jr.

October 28, 1931 - August 18, 2009

Rudy Kurtz, Jr., 77 of Lexington, formerly of Port Lavaca passed from this life on August 18, 2009.

He was born October 28, 1931 in Shiner to the late Rudy Sr. and Veronika Kurtz. He retired from Auto Parts and machine in 1995 after 38 years.

Rudy was also a musician for 50 years, playing with his father in the Rudy Kurtz Orchestra, his own Rudy Jr. & the Rhythmaires, The Rudy Kurtz Band, and finally the Pat Veit Orchestra.

He was member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Surviving him are his wife, Linda Jane Kurtz of Lexington; daughters, Debbie & husband Homer Hinojosa of Hughes Springs, Sharon & husband Edward Tyler and Pamela Kurtz & partner Howard Mitte, all of Port Lavaca, step-daughter Teresa Galliani and husband Dom of Pennsylvania; son, Alois "Al" Kurtz and wife Lynette of Port Lavaca and stepson, Curt Elledge of Palacios; sister, Helen Milich (J.J.) of Hallettsville; sisters-in-law, Jeannette Willoughby (Bill) of Center, Sylvia Valerio (Danny) of Katy and Sharon Little of El Campo. Brothers, Edward Kurtz (Neddie) of Victoria, Daniel Kurtz (Mary) of Houston, Laddie Kurtz (Rita) and Ernest Kurtz (Melinda) all of Shiner. Brother-in-law, Dennis Walleck (Karen) of Austin. Nine grandchildren: Wendy Broome, Staci Kurtz, David Kurtz, Ashleigh Dolan, Vanessa Kurtz, Bryan Kurtz, Marvin Kurtz, Nicholas Kurtz, and Biranna Moehnke. Ste-grandchildren, Macy Elledge and Dominic and Grant Galliani. Four Great-grandchildren: Annaleigh and Kyleigh Dolan, Jocelyn Frickle and Miley Broome.

Rudy was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Mary Ann Kurtz, son, Gary Wayne Kurtz, and grandson, Christopher Lee Kurtz.

Services were held on August 21 at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. Burial followed at the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Derrick Dolan, Bryan Kurtz, Nicholas Kurtz, David Kurtz, Vanessa Kurtz, and Marvin Kurtz. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Ashton, Roland Gerdes, Jimmy Reysa, Kenneth Little, Floyd Nicholson, Adolph Herter, and Mike Eastburn.

Donations may be made to Traditions Hospice, Bryan, Texas.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.mem.com.

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