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“Miss You Russ Kurth. Prayers Prayers Prayers To All The Family. You're Missing A lot Of Craziness. Love Hugs To All The Family. ”
1 of 46 | Posted by: Patty Niedermyer - Pisgah, IA

“Dear Peggy, Brad, Riley, Tyson and families, I am so very sorry for your sudden and tragic loss of Russ. I very much enjoyed seeing the video...Read More »
2 of 46 | Posted by: Becky (McCarty) Hayes - MN

“My deepest sympathy to the entire Kurth family and all who loved Russ. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you today and during this time of...Read More »
3 of 46 | Posted by: Theresa Kurth - St. Paul, MN

“My deepest sympathy to Peggy, Brad, Riley, Tyson...and to my cousins Dan, Mike, Randy and Barb and ALL your families. You have suffered a tragic...Read More »
4 of 46 | Posted by: Ken Kurth - Rochester, MN

“Soo sorry for your loss of Russ. I'll be praying for your family. ”
5 of 46 | Posted by: Michelle DeLarm - LeMars, IA

“With Sympathy. Words can't wipe away your tears. Hugs won't ease your pain. But hold on to your memories. Forever they'll remain.Russ was an amazing...Read More »
6 of 46 | Posted by: Harrison County Homemakers - IA

“To The Kurth Family, I was saddened to here about the tragic accident that Russ was involved in.I was informed by another classmate Pat Murphy on...Read More »
7 of 46 | Posted by: Tom - Mot Morrissey - Hoquiam, WA

“My deepest sympathy to Russ' family. I was blessed to serve Harrison County from the Area Office for nearly 30 years, and Russ was always a pleasure...Read More »
8 of 46 | Posted by: Jeff Godwin - Atlantic, IA

“Dear Peggy and Family, I just heard news today on Russ's passing. I am so sorry for your loss and I have you and your family in my prayers. I was a...Read More »
9 of 46 | Posted by: Deb (Heissel) Stellingwerf - SD

“Love & prayers with all ”
10 of 46 | Posted by: Larry Green - Mondamin, IA

“My prayers to your family,I just meet Russ this past year at ISAC convention, as I was a new supervior, he was kind and helpful. ”
11 of 46 | Posted by: Tammy Bramley - Ute, IA

“So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 46 | Posted by: Bud and Judy Kurth - Estherville, IA

“Dear family Words can't say how much I feel for your family and their loss. Russ and an awesome guy with such pride for his family and the community...Read More »
13 of 46 | Posted by: Leia Johnsen - Woodbine, IA

“Dear Friends: We are deeply saddened at losing your Russ and our good friend. It's hard to imagine this world without him but he certainly left it...Read More »
14 of 46 | Posted by: Connie and Den Alvis - Logan, IA

“So sorry for your loss ”
15 of 46 | Posted by: Nancy and Richard Rezac - MN

“I was honored to be able to get to know Russ by working with him through Custom Apparel. He had a kind heart; always helping others and volunteering....Read More »
16 of 46 | Posted by: Lori Lockwood - Logan, IA

“Peggy and family so sorry for your loss of Russ. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today. Vicki, William, Ryan and Anna ”
17 of 46 | Posted by: Vicki Dauel - Malmo, NE - Family

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
18 of 46 | Posted by: Nancy Rolling-Aragon - Sturgis, SD

“I want to express my deepest sympathy to Peggy, Brad, Riley, Tyson and to your wifes and all the grandchildren for the great loss of Russ. And to Dan...Read More »
19 of 46 | Posted by: Sharon Gekas - Phoenix, AZ

“Peggy and family - it was with a heavy heart to hear of Russ's passing. May God keep everyone in His loving arms at this difficult time. Riley and...Read More »
20 of 46 | Posted by: Kevin and Connie (Jones) Siepker - MN

“Peggy and family:So sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers.Laurie ”
21 of 46 | Posted by: Monty and Laurie Storm - Logan, IA

“Peggy and family,I am praying for all of you in this most difficult time. I especially enjoyed watching Russ interact with each of you, and the fact...Read More »
22 of 46 | Posted by: Chyenne (Andrew & Zachary) Harris - IA

“Tyson & Family,I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.Marcia Foulk ”
23 of 46 | Posted by: Marcia Foulk - Buda, TX

“Peggy and family,We are do very sorry for you loss, Russ was a great man and will be missed by SO many!! He definitely had a passion for life that is...Read More »
24 of 46 | Posted by: Clint and Melanie McDonald - IA

“You family is in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. Russ was a great man and will be missed my so many! We would have never known...Read More »
25 of 46 | Posted by: Clint & Melanie McDonald - LOGAN, IA

“Peggy, boys and families,Our hearts are breaking with you and for you and yet we cannot begin to know the depth of your own sorrow. Russ was such a...Read More »
26 of 46 | Posted by: Kevin and Becky Loftus - LOGAN, IA

“RIP Russ. Don, Stephanie Blackford ”
27 of 46 | Posted by: Don Blackford - Logan, IA

“Peggy and family, We are truly heartbroken to know that Russ is no longer with us. He was such a great friend and always there if and when anyone...Read More »
28 of 46 | Posted by: Cindy and Jim Myer - Logan, IA

“To Russ Kurth family, My brother Tom, told me of your loss. They were the same ages when we grew up, cousins. I'm so very sorry for the family. ...Read More »
29 of 46 | Posted by: Nancy Bevins (Rosburg) - CA

“Laurie and I send our most heart-felt thoughts and prayers to Peggy and the whole Kurth family. Russ was my close buddy cousin when we were...Read More »
30 of 46 | Posted by: Mark Kurth - Davis, CA - Family

“so sorry for your loss to your entire familyif anything at all I can do-please let me knowi will be down for my friends funeral my sincere condolences ”
31 of 46 | Posted by: Pat Murphy - LeMars, IA - Friend

“We knew Russ thru Wes Moffatt, Wes talked about Russ all the time and when we met Russ we became friends with him also. in the short amount of time...Read More »
32 of 46 | Posted by: Billy And Cindy Allen 1411 8th St - IA

“Peggy and family,I was sadden to hear about Russ. He loved his family so much that I know he will be missed by everyone. I was glad to see him bring...Read More »
33 of 46 | Posted by: Vicki Mastbergen - Sanborn, IA

“Best lanlord and friend. . All my love and prayers sent to family members at this time of great sorrow! ”
34 of 46 | Posted by: Audra Ryan - Logan, IA - friend

“I am so fortunate to have known and worked with Russ and to call him friend! He was a great person and one of the best people to work with in any...Read More »
35 of 46 | Posted by: David Simonson - Algona, IA

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your family at this time of grief. ...Read More »
36 of 46 | Posted by: Liz Dalton - Gainesville, GA

“Very sorry to hear about Russ. I was fortunate enough to get to know Russ through work. He was a great ambassador for conservation and had a...Read More »
37 of 46 | Posted by: Vince Sitzmann - Prairie City, IA

“I have tried and tried to post/write something. So many have said what I/we feel and yet it is not exactly what we want to say. Know that we love all...Read More »
38 of 46 | Posted by: Ronnie and Rhonda McHugh - IA

“So Very Very Sorry. Russ Was A Beautiful Awesome Person. Happy We Were Friends. Prayers Prayers Love & Hugs To All So Very Very Sorry To All. Patty ...Read More »
39 of 46 | Posted by: Patty Niedermyer - Magnolia, IA

“Peggy and family, Were so deeply saddened to here about Russ passing. He was a great guy. He will be missed by everyone. Please accept our thoughts...Read More »
40 of 46 | Posted by: John and Ellen Ganzhorn - IA

“Had the privilege of knowing and working with him...HE will be missed ”
41 of 46 | Posted by: Larry Malone - Dunlap, IA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
42 of 46 | Posted by: Graham Harper - Omaha, NE

“I'm so sorry to hear of your loss he was a great man we finally got him to bring tractor in to parades we will miss him great man ”
43 of 46 | Posted by: dorothy snyder snyder - woodbine, IA

“Sorry for your loss. Russ was a very friendly fellow. He always asked if the fish were biting an would tell him too use some of that GOV. money an he...Read More »
44 of 46 | Posted by: Alan Whitmore - Muscatine, IA

“Peggy & family - I appreciated working with Russ as a fellow Board member of Harrison Co. REC. He always thought before he expressed his opinion and...Read More »
45 of 46 | Posted by: Bill & Diana Hutcheson - Woodbine, IA

“Peggy and boys - my heart goes out to all of you! I loved working with Russ and the wonderful friendship and the times we had together! What a...Read More »
46 of 46 | Posted by: Bonnie Weller Allely - Shenandoah, IA

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Russell Gene Kurth was born January 17, 1954, to Paul and Rose Mary (Sherlock) Kurth in LeMars, Iowa. He was raised in LeMars and graduated from Gehlen Catholic High School in 1972. He then graduated from Iowa State University in 1977 with a degree in animal science. He worked as a SCS trainee in May 1975 in LeMars. From 1977-1979 he worked in Logan as a soil conservationist. Russ married Peggy Moffatt on December 16, 1978, in LeMars. The family moved to Newton, Iowa in 1979, where he worked as a district conservationist through 1981, and then from 1981-1986 he was located at Shenandoah as an area resource conservationist. He became a Harrison County District Conservationist in 1986. Russ started farming the family farm in the 1990s. His career spanned hundreds of miles of travel and working with hundreds of farmers. Russ has always said that the favorite part of his job has been working with the farmers. He felt there are many good conservation-minded farmers in the county and he has enjoyed helping them protect and improve their land. He retired from the NRCS after 34 years.

Russ was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, where he served as a trustee. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a 4th Degree Knight, and served as Grand Knight. He was an active member of the Logan Kiwanis. He was a certified crop advisor, member of Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Growers, the Harrison Cattleman's Assoc., and was an avid blood donor to the American Red Cross. Russ was currently a Harrison County REC board member and had been serving on the Harrison County Board of Supervisors since 2014. Russ was very proud of being from LeMars, the "ICE CREAM CAPITOL OF THE WORLD!" Russ was a strong believer of faith, family, hard work, and community.

Russ died November 7, 2017, as the result of a farm accident at the age of 63 years, nine months, and 21 days.

Russ was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Kurth of Logan, Iowa; three sons, Brad (Justine) Kurth of Logan, Iowa, Riley (Becca) Kurth of Missouri Valley, Iowa and Tyson (Candace) Kurth of Logan, Iowa; eight grandchildren; three brothers, Dan (Ann) Kurth of Aledo, Texas, Mike (Jeaniene) Kurth of Silverthorne, Colorado and Randy (Liz) Kurth of LeMars, Iowa; sister Barb (David) Foley of Akron, Iowa and many, many, many other relatives and friends.