Russel Kurtenbach


Russel Kurtenbach, 77, of Parkston, SD, died Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Sister James Care Center in Yankton, SD. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Thursday, September 15 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parkston. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 7:00 PM prayer service.

Russel Francis Kurtenbach was born May 29, 1945, to Francis and Lorayne (Behrend) Kurtenbach in Parkston, SD. He grew up in Parkston and graduated from Parkston High School. After high school, Russel attended Mitchell Vocational Technical School. He then enlisted in the US Army from 1965-1967.

On November 18, 1972, Russel was united in marriage to Gale (Zeiner). To this union, they had three children.

Russel owned and operated Kurt’s Electric for 50 years and Monuments By Kurtenbachs. He was also the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery Sexton. Russ was a member of Jaycee’s, American Legion, and Knights of Columbus.

Russel enjoyed playing cards, hunting, fishing, and camping. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his pride and joy, his two grandsons.

Russ is survived by his wife, Gale; daughters, Doreen Kurtenbach and Sara (Scott) Sutton all of Lincoln, NE; son, Phillip (Taylor Fender) Kurtenbach of Parkston; twin grandsons, Theodore and Hunter Kurtenbach; brothers, Robert (Barbara) Kurtenbach of Minneapolis, MN and Joel Kurtenbach of Gillette, WY; aunts, Kay Kurtenbach, Elinor Fergen, and Helen Furr; and mother-in-law, Arlene Zeiner of Wilmar, MN. Russ is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends who will deeply miss him.

Russ has been reunited in heaven with his parents, brothers Ronn and Ricky, and all past family and friends gone before him.

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