Obituary – Leonard “Butch” Korth

Randolph — Leonard “Butch” Korth, 87, Randolph, died July 2, 2012, at Colonial Manor, Randolph. 
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m., July 5, with a 7:30 p.m. Christian Wake Service, all at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, Randolph.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., July 6, at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, Randolph.
Burial will be in St. Frances Cemetery, with Military Rites by V.F.W. Alvin Kessler Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113, Randolph.
Pallbearers will be Butch’s grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be Butch’s granddaughters.
Johnson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Butch was born June 27, 1925, to Peter and Ottilia (Kunz) Korth, on a farm northeast of Randolph, and was the sixth of eight children.  He went to St. Frances Catholic School through the eighth grade and proceeded to work on the family farm until drafted March, 1945, to the U.S. Army, 147th Infantry. He served in Okinawa and in the Philippines and was honorably discharged in November 1946. He married Margaret Gubbels April 20, 1953, in Hartington.  They farmed five miles northeast of Randolph until moving into town in 1983.
Butch enjoyed playing baseball, bowling, golfing, fishing and playing cards.  He was very proud to have served in WWII and was a member of the VFW Post 5545, Catholic Order of Foresters, Knights of Columbus, and other local organizations. He was a life-long member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph.
He is survived by his sister, Rose Kavanaugh, and brother, Paul, both of Randolph; his wife of 59 years, Margaret; and six children:  Russell Korth, Nathrop, Colo.; Karen and friend Greg Kappel, Crofton; Mike Korth, Randolph; Susan and Troy Krupicka, Omaha; Mark and Karla Korth, Randolph; and Father Dave Korth, Winnebago; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two former German foreign exchange students Karolina (May) Chu and Severine Siebert.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Sister Fortunate SSSF (Mary), Desmond, Harold, Delores and Cleo; and son, Kevin.
Memorials may be directed to St. Augustine Indian Mission or the Leonard and Margaret Korth Charitable Fund.