Jacob P. Kurth, 88, of Sheridan, WY died Thursday, November 15, 2012, in the V.A. Medical Center, Sheridan.
Jacob was born January 6, 1924 in Freeport, Illinois. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1942 then worked for the Illinois Central Railroad. He entered the U.S. Army in May of 1943. Basic training was at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, then he went to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, and was assigned to the 695th Armored Artillery Battalion of the New Jersey National Guard. In 1944, he was shipped overseas to England. He participated in the Normandy Invasion. He was in the Break out of the Normandy Invasion in many battles then joined up with Patton’s Third Army in the drive to Paris, France, where they moved out to battle the enemy and on September 8, 1944, he was seriously wounded in action. After many surgeries, he was discharged from Busnell General Army Hospital at Brigham City, Utah on February 14, 1946.
Jacob married his wife of 65 years, Isabel, in Platteville, Wisconsin.
He received a B.S. Degree from the University of Wisconsin, then attended Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated in Occupational Therapy. He held the position of Supervisor of Occupational Therapy in the Veterans Administration for 31 years.
Jacob joined the Sheridan Elks Lodge No. 520 in 1960. He started through the chairs, becoming the Exalter Ruler in 1996-1997. He was President of the Past Exalted Rulers Club, was Grand Exalted Ruler for the Installation of the Sheridan Exalter Ruler and his Officers for the year 2000-2001, Chairman of the Wyoming Elks State Trust for the past 10 years, as well as being a paid up member of W.E.S.T. and National Foundation. In the past 40 years, he has chaired or been a member of the committees for Bingo, Hoop Shoot, W.E.S.T., Elks Youth Rodeo, Americanism, Indoctrination, Decorating, Entertainment, Bugle, Membership, Public Relations, Chili Cook Off, Memorial Day, Lodge Dinners, Funeral Detail, Family Nights, Halloween and Christmas Parties for kids, State Convention at Sheridan, and our 100th Birthday of Sheridan Elks Lodge No. 520. He was the District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of the Northwest District of Wyoming. He was also a member of Sheridan Lodge #8 A. F. & A. M, and Kalif Shrine.
Survivors include his wife, Isabel, his daughter, Lynn, his two grandsons, Peter and Paul Thomas, his sisters Ruth Atherton of Wisconsin, and Marion Cavanaugh of Illinois, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 10:00am on Tuesday (Nov. 20th) from First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Derryberry officiating. Interment will be in Sheridan Municipal Cemetery, Elks section. Military honors by the American Legion and Wyo. National Guard. Masonic rites will be performed by Lodge Officers. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials may benefit the Elks Lodge #520, Cemetery Fund, Box 624, Sheridan, WY.