Harold B. KertzHarold B. Kertz, 86, Alvarado, MN died on January 3, 2013 at Sanford Palliative Care in Fargo, ND.
Harold was born August 19, 1926 at Nekoma, ND to John L. and Rose (Wilhelmi) Kertz. The family moved to Langdon, ND in 1930 where he graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944. After attending signalman school in Maryland, he was assigned to the USS PGM 10 at Guam and served in the South Pacific until he was discharged in 1946. He attended the University of North Dakota for two years and then the University of Denver from which he graduated in 1949. He returned to Langdon and was with family members in the grocery business and liquor store. He joined a construction company in 1956 and later moved with the company to East Grand Forks, MN, Boise, ID, and Appleton, WI. In 1974 he moved with his family to Thief River Falls, MN where he owned a building construction company until retiring in 1993. He moved to Alvarado, MN in 1999. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, Elks, and the Cavalier County WWII Last Man’s Company. He enjoyed time at the family lake cabin on Coney Island at Kenora, Ont., fishing, boating, and never-ending working at the cabin. Recent summers were spent at Devils Lake, ND.