Aug. 17, 1936-Feb. 11, 2019
Alvin (Alvie) Kurtenbach passed away peacefully at Mory's Haven on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. There will be a 7 p.m. vigil service Thursday, Feb. 14, at the church. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Visitation will continue from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Friday morning at the church. Burial will be in the All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Bonaventure Church or Scotus Central High School.
Alvie was born on Aug. 17, 1936, on the family farm in rural Platte County near St. Bernard, to Tony and Rose Kurtenbach. Alvie attended St. Bernard grade school and played baseball on the St. Ben town team. As a teenager, Alvie worked at the alfalfa mill in Monroe, and as a farm hand in addition to working on the family farm.
In 1954, Alvie enlisted in the Army and was trained in radio communications. He was honorably discharged in 1956, and worked various jobs in Chicago before returning to Nebraska in 1957. Alvie married Elaine Blahak on Sept. 12, 1959. He worked at Behlen, Scotus High School, Columbus City Schools, and Central Parts and Machine until the age of 78. Throughout his life, Alvie also had a number of part time jobs, including a cleaning business, mowing lawns, and shoveling snow.
Alvie was a member of Saint Bonaventure Church, where he served as an usher for many years. He was also a member of Perpetual Adoration, and the Knights of Columbus. Alvie's hobbies included driving his 1955 Oldsmobile Holiday to car shows, and keeping his 1969 Chevy pickup in top shape. He enjoyed maintaining his lawn, gardening, Husker football and baseball, and especially the Chicago Bears. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids at their sporting events and activities.
He is survived by his wife Elaine; sons, Gary (Linette) Kurtenbach, Mark (Janet) Kurtenbach, both of Lincoln, and Lora (Jim) Schroeder of Davenport, Iowa; his eight grandchildren; sisters, Joan (Ed) Heimann, Kathy (Gerry) Engelbert, Norma Jean Beiermann who was raised with Alvie; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Rose Kurtenbach; brother and sister-in-law, Maynard and Margie Kurtenbach, and granddaughter Jill Kurtenbach.
Condolences may be directed to www.mckownfuneralhome.com