ALGONA — A funeral mass for Wilbur Courtney is being held on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona with Father Edward M. Girres and Reverend Mr. William Black officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Algona VFW and American Legion.
Wilbur Thomas Courtney was born May 1, 1922, in Thornton, son of Walter Edward and Anna Maude (Finn) Courtney. He grew up in Algona, graduating from St. Cecelia Academy in 1940. Wilbur then served his country in the United States Army-Air Force during World War II and then recalled a second time serving in Korea.
Wilbur was married to Rose M. DiDonato on Dec. 31, 1946, in Dennison, Ohio. He worked in Des Moines in earlier years at Solar Aircraft. He then worked 25 years at Snap-On Tools retiring in 1982. Rose preceded him in death on April 8, 1999.
Wilbur married Janelle Kramer on Jan. 29, 2010 in Green Valley, Ariz. He enjoyed traveling, putting puzzles together, and most of all he loved being surrounded by his grandchildren. Wilbur was a lifetime member of the VFW, a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church.
Wilbur became a resident of Westview Care Center in Britt in Oct. 2015. He died Monday, Sept. 2, 2018, at the age of 96.
He is survived by his wife Janelle Courtney of Algona and her family; three children, Don Courtney and his wife Lila of Algona, Nancy Byam and her husband Perry "Bud" of Austin, Minn., and Joe Courtney and his wife Kay of Algona; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, Michael (Renee) Courtney of St. Michael, Minn. and their children Ava and Savannah, Steven (Ashley) Courtney of Algona and their daughter Evalynn, Allison (Chris) Gunderson of Stewartville, Minn. and their children, Gracey and Gage, Courtney (Nathan) Jorgensen of Doha, Qatar and their children Griffin and Fletcher, Jackie Byam of Annapolis, Md., Jim Byam of Tampa, Fla., Laura (Clayton) Courtney-Brubaker of Des Moines and their daughter Clara, Matt Courtney of Kansas City, Mo., and Carrie Courtney of Des Moines; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Rose; two brothers, William Finn and Loren Courtney; and a sister, Betty Arndorfer.
Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.