Published 12:00 am Monday, December 28, 2009
Arnold Lawrence Kurth, 88, of Austin, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born Nov. 6,1921 in Austin to Melvin and Rose (Sullivan) Kurth. He married Mary Elizabeth (Meyer) Kurth on Sept. 26, 1941 at St. Augustine Church in Austin. In August of 1942 he joined the US Army — Basic Training Camp Barklay, Texas. He served in the European Theater during WWII as a Medical Technician at the 123rd and 77th Station Hospitals in Coventry England and the 833rd Convalescent Hospital, Bromsgrove, England. He was discharged from the US Army in January of 1946.
Arnold was employed for 45 years at Hormel Foods and worked primarily in the hog kill, retiring in April 1985. He was also a part-time building contractor and enjoyed working on projects his entire life.
He was a life member of the American Legion, the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, National Director of Credit Unions and Mower County Catholic Parishes Credit Union President.
Survivors include his children, Lawrence H. (Lonna) Kurth, Des Moines, Iowa, Mary Kay Osmonson, Eagan, and Annette M. (Rodney) Walker, Hastings; four grandchildren, Stephen W. Osmonson, Eagan, Stacy K. (Jonathan) Valdez, Chaska, Alexander J. Walker and Andrew L. Walker, Hastings; great-grandchildren, Sydney and Jack Vincent Valdez, Chaska; sister, Marilyn (Eugene) Kurth Dillion, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years on March 20, 2009. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann Kurth; three brothers, Donald, Richard and Robert Kurth; a sister, Gertrude Kurth; parents, Rose and Melvin Kurth; and grandparents, Patrick and Gertrude Sullivan and Geneva Halverson Kurth.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson and Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call from from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91.
Honorary casket bearers will be Jack Valdez and Don Wagner. Casket bearers will be Rodney Walker, Paul Meyer, Stephen Osmonson, Stacy Valdez, Alexander Walker and Andrew Walker.