Julian Kurtz
January 24, 1930  -  January 19, 2018

Julian Kurtz

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OPELOUSAS- A private family memorial will be held for, Julian Kurtz, age 87, a resident of Opelousas, who passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Opelousas General Health System surrounded by his family.

Julian Kurtz lived his life devoted to his wife and family,. In addition, he was an active businessman, humanitarian and civic servant. In his youth, Julian attained the honor of Eagle Scout. After graduating from Opelousas High School he attended Tulane, where he was a member of ZBT. He returned to Opelousas and was a senior member of the Kurtz-Casonova Insurance Agency.

As a humanitarian, he was a dedicated member of the Opelousas Rotary Club and instrumental in the formation of the Sunrise Rotary Club, as well as serving as a District Governor of Rotary International. Julian was a member of the Opelousas Masonic Lodge, Humble Cottage Lodge No. 19, F & AM, and severed on the United States Givers fund Board of Directors. He was also a member of the National Guard.

As a civic servant, Julian Kurtz was active in the Opelousas Chamber of Commerce, where he eventually served as president. He was also President of the St. Landry Economic Industrial Development District and served on the Solid Waste Commission.

Julian was the recipient of the Opelousas Chamber of Commerce Citizenship Award and the Service to Mankind Award by the Sertoma Club of Opelousas.

He was an avid bow and arrow fisherman and bowler. He enjoyed collecting coins, stamps and baseball cards.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Iris "Toots" Kurtz of Opelousas; his sons, Edward Kurtz and wife, Maureen of Covington, LA, and Brian Kurtz of Austin, TX; his daughter, Robin Kurtz-Lender and husband, Jeff of Jackson, MS; his grandchildren, Lauren Kurtz, Danielle Kurtz Pittari, Asher Kurtz, Jonathan Kurtz, Leah Kurtz-Lender, Abby Kurtz-Lender and his great-granddaughter, Stella Pittari.

The family requests that donations be made in Julian's honor to the Opelousas Rotary Club (P.O. Box 214, Opelousas, LA 70571.)

Words of Comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.


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  1. Julie DeJean Marks
    Opelousas, LA

    Mr Julian was the first person I ever had auto insurance with. He was very kind and provided the best service. My deepest sympathy to his family, especially Brian, whom I graduated high school with.

  2. Raquella Manuel
    Opelousas, LA

    Many organizations in St. Landry have lost a loyal member, the city of Opelousas has lost a strong citizen, and the world has lost a true humanitarian. I will think of Julian every day he doesn't stop by the Chamber of Commerce to check for mail and give guidance. I will wish I could meet with him one more time. But he has left his marks of service all around the city of Opelousas, we don't have to look far for his works. We were so blessed to have him as long as we did. God Bless Julian and his family.

  3. Rebekah
    Cleveland, OH

    Dear Kurtz Family,
    I am so sorry to have read of your loss; please accept my sincere condolences. Something that I have personally found to be of great comfort are the thoughts expressed at John 5:28, 29 as well as Revelation 21:4. In these verses, we find a wonderful hope for the future of being reunited with our loved ones upon the earth the way it was originally intended--free from sickness, suffering, and death. Knowing this has comforted me greatly and it is my sincere hope that these thoughts comfort your family as well. Again I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Dr. Linda Lipstate
    Lafayette, LA

    It was a pleasure to know Julian. He was very proud of his family and I'm sure this is a great loss for all of you. May his memory live in your hearts and give you comfort. My deepest condolences.

  5. Deany Ardoin Hillhouse
    Oxford, MS

    Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear may the loving memories you hold bring you peace, comfort, and strength.

  6. Mike Thibodeaux
    Opelousas, LA

    A true friend.



  8. Charlie Boudreaux
    Pilot Point, TX

    Kurtz Family: Please accept my Sincerest condolences for the loss of Julian. He was such a kind and caring person. Opelousas has lost a true gentleman and legend.

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