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Sidney Pierce “Sid” Kurth

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Sidney Pierce “Sid” Kurth Veteran

Birth
Fort Benton, Chouteau County, Montana, USA
Death
2 Mar 2009 (aged 89)
Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, USA
Burial
Laurel, Yellowstone County, Montana, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section A, Row 1, Grave 4
Memorial ID
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CAPTAIN USMC
WORLD WAR II
PURPLE HEART

Buried: 3-9-2009Sidney Pearce Kurth passed away peacefully from natural causes at his home in Billings, March 2, 2009 with his loving family around him. He was active up to his final days as an attorney and advisor to his clients and many friends.

Born in 1919 in Fort Benton, Montana, to Dr. Sidney C. and Virginia Pearce Kurth, he grew up swimming in the Missouri river with his two brothers, Don and Russ. Sid was 89 years old and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Inez Sue Fraser Kurth, his daughter, Vicki Kurth Alexander, and her son, Nathaniel, of Fairfield, Iowa and four sons, Kevin, (Tricia) and his stepson, Rase and his son, Kevin Joseph, of Billings, Sid, (Evelyn) of London, England, Brian and his children, Cydney, Pearce and Jenner, of Billings, Wally (Debra) and his children Meghann, Rosie and Brogan of Los Angeles, California. Aside from his years of military service with the US Marine Corps during World War II and several years as a lawyer for the US Steel Corporation in New York City, Sid spent his entire life in Montana.

He was a 1942 graduate of the University of Montana, where he served as Consul of the Beta Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi for two years, and received his LL.B. Degree from the Law School in 1949. He earned an LL.M. in Tax Law from New York University School of Law and started his legal career with US Steel in New York City. Wanting to raise his growing family in Montana he returned to Billings in 1953 and started a private practice which spanned 55 years and included clients large and small. He never turned away a friend or stranger in need of his advice, counsel or support.

Although a devoted Montanan he loved to travel and was a member of one of the first American groups to visit China in 1974. Over the years he and his wife, Susie accompanied their children on cruises and trips that took them around the world.

Sid joined the Marines in 1942 and was honourably discharged as a Captain in 1946 after serving with the 3rd Howitzer Battalion of the 1st Marine Division based at Guadalcanal in the South Pacific. He was part of the invasion forces at Okinawa and was awarded the Purple Heart for a wound received during the battle of Peleliu Island.

Sid served Billings and the Montana community in many ways. He was an active member of the Republican Party and lobbied the legislature on tax reform and other issues. Governor Tim Babcock appointed him to the State Water Conservation Board from 1965-69. He continued to have an active interest in water and agricultural issues throughout his life. He was charter member of the Northern International Livestock Exposition, and he served on many related boards and committees over the years, most recently helping the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, as well as helping countless clients with issues in this area.

Sid was raised a Master Mason 54 years ago and was a member of Ashlar Lodge 29. He was a member of the Scot-tish Rite. He became a member of the Al Bedoo Shrine Temple in 1962 and was Potentate in 2003. He was a member of the Black Horse Patrol for many years and served as Captain in 1973. For the last 22 years he enthusiastically sang bass in the Chanters Unit along with his sons, Kevin, Brian and Wally.

Sid was committed to the high ideals of scouting. An Eagle Scout, and troop leader for his sons, he was very proud that all of them and his oldest grandson were also Eagle Scouts. He was Past President of the Black Otter Boy Scout District and Past President of the Yellowstone Valley Council and was awarded the Silver Beaver for distinguished service by the National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America.

Of all his accomplishments he was most proud of his family and always supported and encouraged them in every way. He was a source of inspiration to each of them. He had an indomitable spirit and was ever optimistic whatever the circumstances or challenge.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday at the Laurel Veteran's Cemetery. A celebration of Sid's life will be held at 3:00 P.M. Monday at the Al Beedo Shrine in the Lodge Room.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Al Bedoo Shrine's Transportation Fund or Boys Scouts of Amer-ica.

Arrangements by Cremation & Funeral Gallery and condolences may be sent online to www.cfgbillings.com.

CAPTAIN USMC
WORLD WAR II
PURPLE HEART

Buried: 3-9-2009Sidney Pearce Kurth passed away peacefully from natural causes at his home in Billings, March 2, 2009 with his loving family around him. He was active up to his final days as an attorney and advisor to his clients and many friends.

Born in 1919 in Fort Benton, Montana, to Dr. Sidney C. and Virginia Pearce Kurth, he grew up swimming in the Missouri river with his two brothers, Don and Russ. Sid was 89 years old and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Inez Sue Fraser Kurth, his daughter, Vicki Kurth Alexander, and her son, Nathaniel, of Fairfield, Iowa and four sons, Kevin, (Tricia) and his stepson, Rase and his son, Kevin Joseph, of Billings, Sid, (Evelyn) of London, England, Brian and his children, Cydney, Pearce and Jenner, of Billings, Wally (Debra) and his children Meghann, Rosie and Brogan of Los Angeles, California. Aside from his years of military service with the US Marine Corps during World War II and several years as a lawyer for the US Steel Corporation in New York City, Sid spent his entire life in Montana.

He was a 1942 graduate of the University of Montana, where he served as Consul of the Beta Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi for two years, and received his LL.B. Degree from the Law School in 1949. He earned an LL.M. in Tax Law from New York University School of Law and started his legal career with US Steel in New York City. Wanting to raise his growing family in Montana he returned to Billings in 1953 and started a private practice which spanned 55 years and included clients large and small. He never turned away a friend or stranger in need of his advice, counsel or support.

Although a devoted Montanan he loved to travel and was a member of one of the first American groups to visit China in 1974. Over the years he and his wife, Susie accompanied their children on cruises and trips that took them around the world.

Sid joined the Marines in 1942 and was honourably discharged as a Captain in 1946 after serving with the 3rd Howitzer Battalion of the 1st Marine Division based at Guadalcanal in the South Pacific. He was part of the invasion forces at Okinawa and was awarded the Purple Heart for a wound received during the battle of Peleliu Island.

Sid served Billings and the Montana community in many ways. He was an active member of the Republican Party and lobbied the legislature on tax reform and other issues. Governor Tim Babcock appointed him to the State Water Conservation Board from 1965-69. He continued to have an active interest in water and agricultural issues throughout his life. He was charter member of the Northern International Livestock Exposition, and he served on many related boards and committees over the years, most recently helping the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, as well as helping countless clients with issues in this area.

Sid was raised a Master Mason 54 years ago and was a member of Ashlar Lodge 29. He was a member of the Scot-tish Rite. He became a member of the Al Bedoo Shrine Temple in 1962 and was Potentate in 2003. He was a member of the Black Horse Patrol for many years and served as Captain in 1973. For the last 22 years he enthusiastically sang bass in the Chanters Unit along with his sons, Kevin, Brian and Wally.

Sid was committed to the high ideals of scouting. An Eagle Scout, and troop leader for his sons, he was very proud that all of them and his oldest grandson were also Eagle Scouts. He was Past President of the Black Otter Boy Scout District and Past President of the Yellowstone Valley Council and was awarded the Silver Beaver for distinguished service by the National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America.

Of all his accomplishments he was most proud of his family and always supported and encouraged them in every way. He was a source of inspiration to each of them. He had an indomitable spirit and was ever optimistic whatever the circumstances or challenge.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday at the Laurel Veteran's Cemetery. A celebration of Sid's life will be held at 3:00 P.M. Monday at the Al Beedo Shrine in the Lodge Room.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Al Bedoo Shrine's Transportation Fund or Boys Scouts of Amer-ica.

Arrangements by Cremation & Funeral Gallery and condolences may be sent online to www.cfgbillings.com.



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