RALPH L. KURTZ
Ralph L. Kurtz, 86, our beloved husband, daddy, granddad, great granddad, father-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and friend passed into eternity July 26, 2013 at NorthCare Hospice House after living courageously with Parkinson’s Disease for the past few years. He strived with determination to be as independent as possible as the disease began to progress.
Ralph was born and reared in Independence, Mo. to Abner and Mamie Kurtz, the younger of their two sons. At the age of 17 he left high school to serve his country in the U.S. Merchant Marine during WWII. He later served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Though he was a humble and quiet spoken man he was proud of his service to his country in both of these capacities. He married Trudy, a German immigrant, after meeting her on a blind date. They dated six months before marrying. They would’ve celebrated 59 years of marriage in September. With four young children at home he then returned to school earning college degree credits. He was a hard-working and dedicated electrical engineer at Torotel for 30 years, retiring at the age of 70 in 1995 as Director of Engineering. In retirement he enjoyed working part time at Hy-Vee for over nine years. Ralph was devoted to his family above all else. He spent more hours than we could ever count sitting on bleachers watching events, first for his children as they were growing up and later for several of his grandchildren. He also enjoyed many hours of music recitals for several of his granddaughters. He was very proud of the fact that he was able to share his love of the violin by teaching several of his granddaughters to play. He left us a legacy of love and bonds that will last into eternity. We will be forever grateful that he taught us the value of family, commitment, patience and perseverance. He lived and died with integrity.
He is survived by his wife, Trudy and children; Stephenie Bernal (David), Lee’s Summit, Steven Kurtz (Denise), Oak Grove, Mo, Julie Moline (Larry), Independence, and Victor Kurtz (Christi) Peculiar, Mo., 22 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A visitation was held on July 29. Memorial contributions to NorthCare Hospice, 2800 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, MO, 64116 or Faith Baptist Church, 1460 Langsford Road, Lee’s Summit, MO.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW Third St., Lee’s Summit, 64063, 816-524-3700.)