Daniel Kurt,77 of Bridgeport, passed away Friday, July 30, 2021 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
Daniel John Kurt was born March 26, 1944 in Independence, Iowa to Urban and Frances (Lasche)Kurt. He grew up on the family farm in rural Independence with his brother Richard Kurt (Mary Kurt) and his two sisters Eileen Kirby (Ray Kirby) and Roseanne Thoma (Ted Thoma). He graduated from Independence High School in 1963. He was a member of the National Guard from 1965 – 1971 He married Peggy L Entwisle on May 5, 1966 in West Union, Iowa and started their life together in Independence, Iowa where they lived until 1969 when they moved to West Union, Iowa. In 1972 they moved to Edgewood, Iowa where he worked for Gremel’s Equipment. They moved to Bridgeport, Nebraska in 1977 where he went to work for Bridgeport Equipment then Alliance Tractor and finally Horizon West. They had three children: Theresa Korbelik (Bill Korbelik), Tamie Wick (Paul Wick) and Melissa Brennan (Lance Brennan). He sold Case International farm equipment for nearly 50 years until he retired in 2017.
Dan’s earlier hobbies included going on trail-rides and participating in horse shows and running the sled for tractor pulls. He then spent his time going to his children’s events. He never missed a sporting event, a cheerleading competition or a music program. He then happily traveled to watch his grandkids sporting events as well. He loved his dogs Booger and Babe and also had very entertaining names for them as well. He loved to feed the birds in the backyard and watch his squirrels eat their peanuts. He entertained his grandchildren with his colorful language and teaching them there is only one right way to do things and that was Dano’s way. He was most proud of his grandchildren: Rochelle Konrade (Carson Konrade), Hunter Wick, Danielle Wilkinson (Gus Wilkinson), Mikayla Boyce, Whitney Smith (Ethan Smith), Brody Brennan (Haley Hoxworth) and Harley Wick and his great grandchildren, Elliana Zabalza, Carter Konrade and Delaney Konrade.
He was a huge Nebraska Cornhusker fan. He especially loved the Cornhusker Volleyball Team but enjoyed watching all their women’s teams compete. If he couldn’t watch live then he recorded their games and shared with mom who only liked to watch if they won. He spent his retired years prairie dog hunting and having coffee with the locals.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard and his sister Eileen, sisters-in-law Sherry Ellen Entwisle, Linda Weltzin, Nancy Nagel, and Janet Entwisle. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister Roseanne Thoma (Ted Thoma) and brothers-in-law Jim Entwisle, Mark Entwisle, Dennis Entwisle (Chris Entwisle) Roger Weltzin, Ray Kirby; sisters-in-law Merilee Kleppe (Arnold Kleppe), Julie Zentz (David Zentz), Diane Nagel (Myron Nagel) and Mary Kurt step grandchildren Justin Korbelik, Kaylee Dunning, and Steven Korbelik; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to: Joseph Pohl Memorial Scholarship Fund , PO Box 483, Bridgeport, NE 69336.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Matt Koperski officiating. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military honors. A wake service will be Tuesday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com with Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.