Irene Elaine Kurtz, 83, of Gardner, KS passed away May 13, 2015 at Good Samaritan Center, Olathe, Kan.
Irene was born March 25, 1932 in Kansas City, Mo. to Henry Earl and Elizabeth Henrietta (Lesmeister) Sparkes.
She moved to Eudora when she was eight and graduated from Eudora High School. Irene married LeRoy Kurtz in Bentonville, Ark. on Aug. 19, 1950. They moved to Olathe and to Gardner in the 70’s. She worked for 20 years in quality control at Hercules; retiring in 1992. Irene loved to travel, do crafts, sew and crochet. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband LeRoy in 1990, daughter Lois Adams and brother Archie Sparkes. Irene is survived by daughter Karolyn Kay Day; siblings Wilma Belew, Appleton City, Mo, Carol Gordon, Pharr, Tex, Harold Sparks, Columbia, Mo, James Sparkes, Lawrence, Kan, three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Private family graveside service at Gardner Cemetery. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kan. (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be left at