We Live in Hearts We
Leave Behind~Thomas Campbell
Dr. Kenneth Kuhrtz
Funeral services will be Sunday, March 30, 2008 for 93 year old Dr.
Kenneth Kuhrtz of Chester, IL who passed away Thursday, March 27, 2008 at
St. Annís Healthcare Center in Chester, IL.
He was born July 22, 1914 in Chester, IL, the son of Louis and Rosina (Meffert)
Kuhrtz. He married Pauline Messamore on June 20, 1941 in Savannah, TN and
she survives of Chester, IL.
Also surviving are two children, Kenneth Tom Kuhrtz of Hattisburg, MS and
Jacqueline Jones of Clinton, MS. Two granddaughters and three great
grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother and one brother.
Dr. Kuhrtz was a dentist and had a private practice for over 30 years in
Chester. He then went to work at Chester Mental Health until his retirement.
Dr. Kuhrtz was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Chester.
He was the last surviving charter member of Chester Elks Lodge #1629. He was
also a member of Masonic Lodge #1764, Chester Lionís Club and the Chester
Country Club. Dr. Kuhrtz had been a member of the Chester Public Building
Commission from 1986-2005 and was treasurer for most of those years. He
served on the Board of Education of Chester Unit School District #139 for
over 20 years and was a member of the Selection Committee for the Dick Roth
Sports Hall of Fame at Chester High School for eight years.
Dr. Kuhrtz was awarded the Elk of the Year in 2000 for his life-long
public service to the community of Chester. He was a United States Navy
Veteran and received the rank of Commander.
On his 80th birthday, Dr. Kuhrtz jumped off the high dive at
the municipal pool in Cole Memorial Park.
Friends are calling from 5pm to 8pm Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the
Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, IL and after
12pm Sunday, March 30, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church in Chester,
Funeral Service for Dr. Kenneth Kuhrtz will be Sunday, March 30, 2008 at
2pm at the Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home with Rev. Phil Willison officiating.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Chester, IL.
Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Chester,