Dennis Lurz

Dennis Lurz, age 63 of Kadoka, South Dakota, died May 11, 2010, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Dennis D. Lurz was born December 8, 1946, in Quinn, South Dakota, the son of Harold J. and Mildred I (Trople) Lurz. He spent his early childhood days in Wasta and later the family moved to Philip, where he graduated from Philip High School in 1964. As a young man he entered the US Army where he served in Germany. After his honorable discharge in 1967, he made his home with his parents in Kadoka.

He worked at the H&H Gas Station for several years. While he was working at the H&H, he met the love of his life, Diane Steckelberg, who was working at the H&H Cafe. They were united in marriage on February 22, 1969, in Chamberlain. They made their home in Kadoka all their married life. Dennis continued to work for H&H as a bulk fuel truck driver until 1978, when it was sold to Equity Union. He then worked for Equity Union which later became known as Midwest Coop. He worked there as the grain grinder overseer, until the time of his death. While in Kadoka, Dennis was a boxing coach and a Boy Scout Leader.

Dennis was a member of the Presbyterian Church; the American Legion Post #27, where he was past-commander. Dennis was also a member of the Kadoka Lions Club, the Jaycees, and the Kadoka Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife Diane Lurz of Kadoka; two daughters Shawn Marie Nosbush and her husband Greg of Sioux Falls, and Kimberly Ann Djodjic and her husband Micheal of Draper; one son Cory Lurz and his fiance Tamaria Wilcox of Kadoka; a former son-in-law Stuart Letellier; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; six brothers George Lurz and his wife Carol of Norfolk, Nebraska, Dick Lurz and his wife Judy of Littleton, Colorado, Herb Lurz and his wife Becky of Springfield, Missouri, Larry Lurz of Rapid City, Jerry Lurz and his wife Sherry of Rapid City, and Victor Lurz and his wife Loren of Salinas, California; four sisters Rosalie Riggert and her husband Dick of Rapid City, Muril Berger of Galt, California, Ricki Peterson and her husband Dave of Vanzant, Missouri, and Kandi Hatch and her husband John of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers Harold Jr. "Buster" Lurz, Dale Lurz, and Veryle Lurz; and two sisters Sandi Lurz and Lexie Yanske.

Closed-casket visitation will be held 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and one hour preceding the services at the auditorium on Friday.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 14, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Interment will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, at Black Hills National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Sturgis Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Young Life Youth Center of Kadoka. Memorials may be sent to Diane Lurz, P.O. Box 391, Kadoka, SD 57543.


Friday, May 14, 2010 - 10:00 a.m.

Kadoka City Auditorium

Kadoka, South Dakota


Pastor Gary McCubbin


Ruth McCubbin - Pianist

Susan Davidson - Vocalist

"Old Rugged Cross"


Mark Carlson - James Carlson

Boyd Letellier


Maurice Handcock - Rod Knutson

Larry Miller - Cliff Parke

Mike Stroppel - Jerry Willert


Cathie Handcock - Jo Johnston

Dale O'Connell - Nancy Totton

Rick Wilmarth


Friday, May 14, 2010 - 1:30 p.m.

Black Hills National Cemetery

Sturgis, South Dakota