Phillip Kuriger Jr.

Butch Kuriger

WATERLOO — Phillip “Butch” Kuriger Jr., 61, of Evansdale, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.

He was born July 31, 1956, in Waterloo, son of Phillip Sr. and Thelma (Jones) Kuriger. He spent his life defying the odds. Doctors told him that he wouldn’t live past the age of 5. He was told he wouldn’t be able to speak; however, there were times his family would pay him to be quiet. He was told he would never be able to ride a bike; however, he not only rode a bike but he drove a moped. Butch participated in Special Olympics and received many ribbons and trophies for his bowling skills. Butch Kuriger worked many years at Goodwill and Northstar.

Survivors: his father; a brother, Brad (Katrin) Kuriger of Waterloo; three sisters, Vickie (Jim) Bone of Monticello, Tammie (Dean) Fairbanks of Evansdale and Jeannette (Dennis) Cunningham of Colo, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: his mother; and a sister, Debbie Turner.

Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Evansdale, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. today at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, 965 Home Plaza.

Memorials: to the family

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Butch loved to go to Wisconsin and fish. He also loved eating McDonald’s fish sandwiches and all kinds of ice cream. Butch loved his church. He would sing loudly every Sunday at Prince of Peace and looked forward to singing Silent Night every Christmas Eve. There wasn’t a person he met that he didn’t always remember and everyone got hugs when greeted.

the life of: Phillip 'Butch' Kuriger Jr. (1956-2018)
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