OBITUARY

Frank W. Kurz Jr.

November 30, 1927August 18, 2013

KURZ, Frank William, Jr. 85 of St. Louis, baptized in the hope of Christ’s Resurrection, entered into eternal rest with the Lord on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Norma Kurz (nee Deters); loving father of David, Linda Fagan (David Schraut), Steve (Karen), Frank (Rosemary), John (Cheryl), and Tom (Nora) Kurz; devoted grandfather of Kevin Fagan (Christina DiPerro), Chris (Nicole), Jeff, Ben (Sarah), Andrew (Courtney), Matthew, Madison, Cameron, Catlin, Julian, and Monique Kurz; beloved great grandfather of Damien Kurz; Friend and colleague to many.

Frank was a war veteran and achieved top rank of !st Lieutenant. He served his country in the Army's 11th Airborne Division Paratroopers; two tours of duty, WWII during the occupation of Japan, and WWII during the occupation of Germany He obtained a bachelors degree in architectural engineering from the University of IL, and then married in Quincy, IL between these two tours. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterens of Foreign Wars.

During his time at the University of IL, he was a member of the Univ. of IL Bowling Team who won several state championships. He was a member of the 700 club as well as a member of the Greisidec team. After being honorably discharged in 1953, he returned to Quincy, IL and joined the American Congress Team and won several championships.

Frank was a devoted husband and father. Married for 54 years until his wife's passing and raised six children. He and his wife were avid fishermen. Besides providing for his family, he would take them on a pop up camper vacation where he could hone their skills in the correct art of fishing. He was also an avid Cards fan as well and never missed a chance to wear his Cardinal red on game day.

As an architect and architectural engineer, Frank designed several projects including homes, churches, firehouses, banks, and other commercial properties and commercial buildings, as well as a consultant on AT&T Building project and the St. Louis Arch walkway project. He also served as Bellefontaine Neighbors City Engineer for 43 Years.

He was a devout catholic, serving as lector and other functions at Holy Name of Jesus Church for many years. He was a member of the church's Men's Club and the Knights of Columbus, and attended several White House Retreats with other church members. In addition he provided all of his six children parochial school education through high school.

SERVICES: A memorial mass and military honors will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 10235 Ashbrook Dr., St. Louis, MO 63137. Interment will be private in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In memory of Frank contributions are encouraged to the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, or Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Saturday, August 24, 2013
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Frank W. Kurz Jr.

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Sondra Mischke

August 24, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss.you are in my prayers. Love to hear from you.

American Heart Association

August 23, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Matt Klaric

August 22, 2013

May he rest in peace.

Marion Klaric Herrmann

August 22, 2013

Sunday August 18th, 2013...one of my closest mentors passed. Frank William Kurz Jr. was first a husband to his wife Norma and father to his six children. He was a devoted member of his Catholic parish church, Holy Name of Jesus.

In the work environment Frank was a respected architect. Our family first met him at the construction of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Quincy, IL. After the completion of this project he moved to St. Louis to start his own architectural practice and consult with Klaric Contracting Co. To my father John Klaric and my mother Marilee Klaric he was a good friend and devoted employee of Klaric Contracting Company.

From Frank I learn so much about the ins and outs of the construction industry. A patient teacher, he was always available to help and instruct. For my brother Bill Klaric and I, he was a partner and guide when we formed Klaric Masonry,Inc.

His contributions to the construction of many St. Louis landmarks are too many to list. But, masonry work at One Bell Center, the Arch grounds, the Old Court House, Adams Mark Hotel, the St. Louis Basilica Cathedral and Maryville 6 and 7 were some of the most outstanding.

Frank will be dearly missed but his memory lives on in the many structures he helped to build.

FROM THE FAMILY