Joseph Steven Kurtz

Born: Mon., Nov. 28, 1949
Died: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 19, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Tue., Nov. 20, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

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Joseph Steven Kurtz, age 68 of Barry, IL passed away at Cameron Regional Hospital in MO on Thursday, November 15, 2018. He was born November 28, 1949 in Monmouth, IL to Paul W. and Thelma E. Howell Kurtz. He married Jessie Gilbert –Iams on July 8, 2006 in Barry and she survives.

Steve attended school in Barry and for a time worked at Brown Shoe Factory in Pittsfield. In the late 60’s he began his trucking career with Q & H Trucking and drove a truck for the next 49 years. He drove most of those years as owner/operator of Kurtz Trucking and moved many loads to the majority of the U.S. He later leased to Combined Transport Company and delivered his last load to Nebraska the day before he passed away. Trucking was his passion; however he also enjoyed camping from time to time. He loved to spend time with his grandkids, watching Old Westerns and was a NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife, Jessie, three sons; Paul E. Kurtz (wife April Erke) of Kinderhook, IL, Cory D. Kurtz (wife Brooke) of Golden, IL and Shawn R. Iams ( Angel Wert) of Quincy, IL. Four daughters; Angela Hodge (husband Lonnie) of Kansas City, Mo, April Stolte (husband Justin) of Barry, Tessa Kurtz of Rockport and Jera Iams ( Kyle Bocke) of Quincy. A brother, Paul Kurtz (wife Deana) of Barry and sisters; Cindy Ledbetter, Kathy White-Haynes and Helen Brinkley all of MO. Nineteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, ,James Edward Kurtz and two sisters; Diannia Brinkley and Velma Waters.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry with Pastor Clint Weir officiating. Burial will be at Park Lawn Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be Monday evening from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the funeral chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Pike County Cancer Support Group. The Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Joseph's memory to the following organization:

Pike County/Barry Cancer Support Group

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Blair Plattner
   Posted Fri November 16, 2018
Jessie and Jera I'm so sorry for your loss of Steve. He was a great man and loved you and all of his children so much. Sending your prayers and love during this rough time. You have one heck of a guardian angel looking out for you all now.

Pat Bradford
   Posted Fri November 16, 2018
My Love and Thoughts and Prayer are with the Family.

Barbara Goertz (chuck)
   Posted Fri November 16, 2018
sorry to here of his passing , I knew some of the family, My first husband was Paul shade. used to see them in Barry. and Iwasnt sure if this was the one that had the creamy, used to go there and my husband Chuck worked on equipment for them. May God be with you and comfort you.

Barbara S Gore
   Posted Fri November 16, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Stevie always had a smile on his face even though we knew he was in pain.

Bil Grimsley
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Steve for their loss. He was a hard working and caring family manwhose example many should follow.

Sandy Fesler hager
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
Jesse sending our deepest sympathies to you and your family for your loss sending prayers.

K&H Truck Plaza
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Sending thoughts and prayers to Steve's family. We will all miss Steve and his smiling face.

Donna & David Johnson
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Jessie we were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you & your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Diane (Cookie Malone) Jordan
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
I am so very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. So many memories of such a great guy. RIP Steve
Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

   Posted Sat November 24, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

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