Arthur “Art” William Kurtt
Arthur “Art” William Kurtt, 94, of Denver, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2021, at UnityPoint-Allen Memorial Hospital.

Art was born December 16, 1926, in Denver, Iowa, the son of Fred and Christine (Schmidt) Kurtt. He graduated from Denver High School in 1944 and immediately entered the United States Navy where he served until his honorable discharge in 1946. On July 13, 1947, he married Mildred “Millie” Diercks at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver. Art worked at Rath Packing in Waterloo for a couple years and then started working at Kurtt’s Grocery Store in Denver. He later would become partner of the store; eventually it was renamed Kurtt’s Jack & Jill. In 1987, they sold the store but remained on as a vital staff member for many years. Millie passed away in 1995, and Art continued to live in the house they had built some forty years earlier. In 2018, Art began calling Willow Winds Assisted Living in Denver his home; he thoroughly enjoyed the staff and friends he made there.

Art had a deep faith and was a loyal member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver. He served on many boards and committees as well as the church council. He believed heavily in supporting the church and its mission.

In the community, Art’s contributions were many. He served on the city council, was Chief of the Denver Fire Department, a charter member of the Denver Lions Club, sat on the Denver Sunset Board for over 20 years and was an active member of the Acker-Matthias American Legion Post in Denver. The Denver Tree Board was dear to his heart, he helped to plant hundreds of trees in Denver over the years. Affectionately known as “Mr. Denver” to many, Art loved the City of Denver and was a proud lifelong resident. For Art’s 90th birthday, the community rallied, and as part of the capital campaign to build what is now the Cyclone Center, the “Art Kurtt Press Box” was named in his honor.

Art loved to support the Denver Schools and their sports. He mentored students at school for many years. He bled maroon and gold and loved attending all of Denver’s sporting events.
In his free time, Art enjoyed playing cards, fishing, duck hunting and playing golf. He was a great woodworker and still enjoyed working on intricate carvings. Art was a great listener and enjoyed getting to learn a person’s story. He could also tell a pretty good story from time to time. Above all, Art cherished the time he was able to spend with his tight knit family. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

Art is survived by his four daughters; Pat (Gene) Leonhart of Denver, Kris (Dave) Freeman of Palatine, Illinois, Jody Kurtt of Cedar Rapids and Kerry (Greg) Thies of Denver; 8 grandchildren, Dave (Jaime) Leonhart, Amy (Ryan) Lockhart, Amanda (Eric) Zavilla, Ben (Jaime) Freeman, Marcus (Tiffani) Kenney, Ethan (Becca) Thies, Joe Kenney and Hannah Thies; 9 great-grandchildren; and one brother, John (Laurel) Kurtt of Waverly. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Millie; sisters, Dorothea Gleason, Marie Meyne, Elnora Brunstein, Bobbi Ecker Blatchford and Frieda Kurtt, and brothers, Erwin Kurtt and Harold Kurtt.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver. Burial with military honors provided by Acker-Matthias American Legion Post #653 will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, at the church as well as an hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Denver Tree Board in Art’s honor. Memorials may also be directed to the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Denver Public Library or Denver Emergency Services. On-line condolences may be left at

Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is in charge of arrangements.
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