Curtis Jay McDonald Kountz, 53, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City.
Mr. Kountz was born on Jan. 7, 1961, in Jordan, the son of Gerald and Carolyn Curtis Kountz. He came home from the hospital to meet his big brother, Dickie Lee. Mr. Kountz attended kindergarten in Sidney. On the first day of school he started his trend of never meeting a stranger and brought seven of his classmates home. He attended the rest of his grade school years at Cohagen. He started high school at Garfield County High School in Jordan and finished his junior and senior years at Custer County District High School in Miles City.
After graduation he attended college at both Colby, Kan., and Montana State University in Bozeman.
On June 1, 1985, he married Patty Frize at the Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Mr. Kountz worked various jobs early on such as with C & Y Pipe Yard in Casper, Wyo.; at both the Green’s Ranch and McDonald’s Ranch at Cohagen; and also for the railroad as a railcar maintenance man in Miles City. Shortly after working for the railroad, Mr. Kountz found his niche as a carpenter and cement specialist. He started his own business and established Curtis Kountz Construction. Mr. and Mrs. Kountz also owned and operated Mudds and Suds.
Mr. Kountz lived life to the fullest and always had a smile on his face. He was a member of the Federation of Independent Business, Miles City Youth Hockey Association, Miles City Youth Baseball Association and the Custer County Sports Booster Club.
Some of his enjoyments were: going to concerts, spoiling his grandchildren and he loved to fish. He loved watching his son, Chaz, in the various sports in which he was involved.
His survivors include his wife, Patty of Miles City; his son, Chaz (Kayla) Kountz of Marietta, Ga.; his parents, Carolyn and Babe McDonald of Miles City; his two brothers, Ken (Jennifer) McDonald of Columbus, Ohio, and Colin (Amber) McDonald of Liberty Lake, Wash.; his mother-in-law, Virginia Frize of Miles City; his brother-in-law, Ron (Marilyn) Frize of Miles City; and his two grandchildren, Emery Kountz and Riley Kountz.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Kountz; his brother, Dick Kountz; his grandparents, Ted and Ann Kountz; and his father-in-law, Carl Frize.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City with family receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to help defray college expenses for his son, Chaz.