Robert H. Kuhrt

Robert H. Kuhrt, 93, of Tripoli, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Tripoli Nursing & Rehab.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli with Rev. Scott Duffus officiating.  Interment will follow with military rites conducted by Brandenburg-Krueger Post #4013 V.F.W. of Tripoli at Grace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Tripoli. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12th at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be made in his name to Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli or Tripoli Nursing & Rehab.

Robert Henry, son of John and Mabel (Pries) Kuhrt was born January 12, 1925, in Tripoli. He was baptized February 8, 1925, and confirmed April 2, 1939, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli. Bob received his education in the Tripoli Schools, and graduated from Tripoli High School in 1942.. He married Irene Meier in 1949. The couple would later divorce. On May 28, 1977, he was united in marriage with Betty Destival Gaede at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli. Bob served in the United States Coast Guard from September of 1943, until being honorably discharged in February of 1946. He came back to Tripoli and opened a clothing and dry cleaning business with his brother. Later he sold his share to his brother, and in 1950, he opened an insurance agency. In 1954, Bob earned his real estate brokers license. In 1990, he sold his insurance business, but remained in real estate until his health no longer permitted and Richard and Joyce Harms took over his real estate business. Bob was a life time member of Grace Lutheran Church where he served on Church Council and was President twice, Tripoli V.F.W., American Legion, Tripoli Community Club, Tripoli Nursing Home Board of Directors and President for eighteen years, Bartels Nursing Home Board of Directors, School Board Secretary for thirty years, original Board Member of Maple Hills Country Club, and original Board Member of Tripoli Public Library. He enjoyed his annual fishing trip to Leech Lake in Minnesota, golfing, going to Chicago Cubs games, and going to Las Vegas with friends, He also enjoyed going on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Bob thoroughly enjoyed time spent with his family and grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, Betty of Denver; daughter, Teresa (Paul) Hunstiger of Eagle River, Alaska; step-children, Connie (Jerry) Lobeck of Denver, Michael (Dolores) Gaede of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and Linda (Danny) Drewis of Denver; grandchildren, Moriah Hunstiger of Fairbanks, Alaska, Rebekah Hunstiger of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ethan Hunstiger of Eagle River, Alaska; eleven step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and four nephews, James, Jeffrey, Kent, and Kevin (Cathy) Kuhrt.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth; and sister-in-law, Rose Kuhrt.


Lorin weidler on June 14, 2018 at 1:58 PM said:

Extending my sympathy to family of Robert kuhrt. Knowing Bob as I grew up in Tripoli and family he will be missed
Ben Kehe on June 13, 2018 at 10:44 AM said:

Betty and family, my most sincere condolences for your loss.
Growing up in Tripoli, I was always glad to see Bob and we would always greet each other. He was truly a friendly person and was always so community minded.
I will miss seeing him when I come to Tripoli. We always had a couple of jokes for each other.
Rest In Peace My Friend.
Lisa Kneeskern on June 12, 2018 at 7:13 PM said:

Bob was truly a amazing man, he iminated caring, friendliness and I am was so thankful to call him my friend. He truly cared about people and always thinking about them first. I had the privilege of being under his wing in Real Estate and he taught me so much . He was a pillar in the community of Tripoli. I am so glad I got to see him and hug him one last time in our last visit. God bless you Betty. We are praying for you and your family. Rip Bob
Terry Schatzberg on June 12, 2018 at 3:16 PM said:

So sad to hear of Bob's passing. Always enjoyed speaking with him, a true gentleman.
Ann Harms on June 12, 2018 at 1:02 PM said:

Always looked up to Bob as a committed person to this community!! Rest in peace.
Karen Gaede on June 12, 2018 at 12:57 PM said:

My sincere sympathy to Bob's entire family. Bob certainly accomplished many positive things during his lifetime.....Blessed be the memory of Bob.
Kim and Lois Kehe on June 12, 2018 at 12:35 PM said:

So sad to hear of Bob's passing. So many fond memories of caddying for Bob in golf tournaments as a young kid to actually sharing many rounds of golf with Bob during the years. More importantly, Bob was such a friendly, kind person who always had a smile and something good to say about everyone. His work in the community and trying to promote Tripoli as a great place to live will not be forgotten. Betty...our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will truly be missed.
Dawn & Kevin Holm on June 12, 2018 at 11:14 AM said:

So sorry to hear of the loss of Bob. He was such a kind and caring man, and outstanding citizen of Tripoli. He always had a smile and a kind word to share. He will be missed by many, but remembered for all the great things he accomplished in his long life on this great earth. Peace and blessing to you all.
Dawn Destival on June 12, 2018 at 8:43 AM said:

Hi Betty,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
Bob was a wonderful person and he will be missed.
I apologize for not making it to the wake.
I had to go to Ames for work and was not able to get out of it.
May God hold you tight Betty though this time.
Take care!

Dawn Destival
Rebecca Swyers on June 12, 2018 at 5:46 AM said:

My prayers are with you and your family! Bob was such a joy when I worked at the Nursing Home. It was great to get to know both you. God Bless.
Kraig Johnson on June 12, 2018 at 4:50 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob’s family. May God give you comfort in your time of need.
Linda Heinemann on June 11, 2018 at 8:47 PM said:

So sad to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a kind, friendly man. Tripoli has lost another great caring giving person. Sending deepest sympathy to all.
Karen Maxfield Wolf on June 11, 2018 at 6:27 PM said:

So sorry to hear of Robert’s passing! He was a fine gentleman, businessman and person. Our sympathies to your family.
Robert D. Maxfield and families; Waverly, IA
Jane Bernard on June 11, 2018 at 5:36 PM said:

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing...he was a true gentleman, friend, businessman, husband, and on and on. My mom was his classmate and she always spoke fondly of him. He will be missed by many. Our sympathy and love to his family ??
Paul and Betty Bremer on June 11, 2018 at 5:23 PM said:

So sorry for the loss of Mr. B. As he always was to me. Betty my prayers and thoughts are with you and the family!!
Nadine Fasy on June 11, 2018 at 3:02 PM said:

I'm so sorry to hear of Bob passing, he will always hold a special place in my heart. My thoughts are with yoh Betty.
Denise Kuethe Strudthoff on June 11, 2018 at 1:47 PM said:

Bob gave back so much to Tripoli—a great legacy!

I’ll remember playing bingo with mom, Betty, and Bob, and the rest of the gang down at the town hall.

You’re in our prayers, Betty and family.
Ronald and Janet Orf on June 11, 2018 at 1:36 PM said:

Betty: When Kari was very small, and you were our neighbor, I remember how you and Bob always gave her and Matt Moeller cookies. At her graduation you and Bob informed me of a time you came home and found them sitting in your empty house with the half-empty cookie jar between them. You said you didn't tell us about it because you were "afraid we would punish them." That is the kind of neighbors you were, and it has never been forgotten by Kari or by us. Bob meant a great deal to us, but also to the town. He was a true pillar of Tripoli, as he carried all of the town history in his head, and his institutional memory is not replaceable. He will be missed now and forever.
KIM Brown on June 11, 2018 at 12:52 PM said:

Our condolences to Bob’s family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Brown family.
Roger & Elizabeth Goudschaal on June 11, 2018 at 12:41 PM said:

To Betty & family, We are so saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. What a wonderful and kind man. My last conversation with Bob was when our church choir sang at the home. And, as usual, we shared our last words about our beloved Cubs. Please pass on our thoughts and prayers to all of Bob’s family. The Tripoli community has lost a great supporter of this place we now call “hone”????

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