David Robert Kurth was born on Sept. 27, 1941, in Hastings. He was the son of Perley and Gretchen (Prieve) Kurth. He was confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater and was a lifelong member of the church. After graduating from Stillwater High School, he spent the next four years serving his country in the U.S. Navy. After his service, he attended the University of Minnesota for several quarters. He entered the construction business as a bricklayer and worked several years for William Jonk Masonry and later Siegfried Construction Co. His hobbies were fishing and golf. For a while in the 1960s he was an avid motorcyclist who owned the hardest starting Harley Davidson in the Saint Croix Valley.
He lived in Bayport most of his life, finally passing away at home on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the age of 71. He was preceded in death by his parents, P.R. Kurth and Gretchen (Prieve) Kurth;his sister, Priscilla (Kurth) Boehm, and brother-in-law, Daniel Boehm. He is survived by his sister Elizabeth Kurth of Hutchinson, Minn.; brothers John and Bani (Behrens) Kurth of Lake George, Colo.; Charles and Linda (Koester) Kurth of Hastings, and Timothy and Carol (Frerichs) Kurth of Hawarden Iowa, and by numerous nephews and nieces.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater with lunch following the service. Private family burial of the cremated remains is in Hutchinson, Minn., at a later date. The family requests memorials be directed to the Salem Lutheran Elementary School in Stillwater.