|Harold B. Kertz, 86|
|Written by TRF Times|
Alvarado - Harold B. Kertz, 86, Alvarado, died on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Sanford Palliative Care in Fargo, N.D.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Jan. 7 at St. Alphonsus Church, Langdon, N.D. Internment was held at Calvary Cemetery, Langdon, N.D.
Harold was born Aug. 19, 1926, in Nekoma, N.D., to John L. and Rose (Wilhelmi) Kertz. The family moved to Langdon, N.D., in 1930, where he graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944. After attending signalman school in Maryland, he was assigned to the USS PGM 10 at Guam and served in the South Pacific until he was discharged in 1946.
HAROLD attended the University of North Dakota for two years and then the University of Denver from which he graduated in 1949. He returned to Langdon and was with family members in the grocery business and liquor store. He joined a construction company in 1956 and later moved with the company to East Grand Forks; Boise, Idaho; and Appleton, Wis. In 1974, he moved with his family to Thief River Falls, where he owned a building construction company until retiring in 1993. He moved to Alvarado in 1999. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, Elks, and the Cavalier County World War II Last Man’s Company. He enjoyed time at the family lake cabin on Coney Island in Kenora, Ont., fishing, boating, and never-ending work at the cabin. Recent summers were spent at Devils Lake, N.D.
He married Marlyn Hall of Munich, N.D., in 1959. She survives along with four daughters and two sons: Cindy (Mike) Beaudry, Alvarado; Theresa (Mark) Stahl, Fargo, N.D.; Jean (Rick) Gobell, Lino Lakes, Jerry (Jeny) Kertz, Woodbury; Michelle (Jim) Donahue, Mounds View; Brian (Lisa) Kertz, Anoka. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren: Kyle and Sara Beaudry, Scott and Annie Gobell, Rose and Jesse Stahl, Andrew, Tommie and William Kertz, Cailin Donahue, Zachary and Ethan Kertz; brother: Jim, Fargo, N.D.; sister-in-law: Margaret Kertz, Langdon, N.D.; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers: John, Francis, Victor, and Robert and an infant brother James. A00003B2013JA09