Robert Kurtz

June 20, 1929 ‒ January 14, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Robert L Kurtz, age 90, went into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 14th, 2020. Robert (Bob) was born on June 20, 1929 in India of missionary parents, the late Fred G and Edith (Andrus) Kurtz. He was also predeceased by a brother William and a sister Marjorie Ulrich.

Bob was a graduate of West High School in Rochester, New York and a 1953 graduate of Houghton College, Houghton, New York. He received his Master’s Degree from Alfred University, Alfred, New York. He served with the Third Armored Division in Ft. Knox, Kentucky and in Japan following the Korean conflict. He worked at General Electric in Syracuse, New York in the Human Factors Department and then at Xerox in Rochester, New York.

Bob was an accomplished artist and craftsman who enjoyed sharing his skills with family, friends and charities. He was a long-time Ham radio operator (W2CYO) and member of Amateur Radio Missionary Service (ARMS), Though we grieve for his absence from us, we rejoice that Bob has finished the race that Jesus called him to and has received the goal of his faith, eternal life in Jesus Christ.

Bob attended the Berean Baptist Church in Mansfield. He lived out his faith and rested on the promise of Isaiah 40:31, “But they that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they shall soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary and they will not faint.”

Survivors include: his wife Joan (Mabes) Kurtz after a loving and wonderful marriage of 65 years; two daughters, Sheri Wiers (John) of Willard, Ohio and Karen Kuhn (Tim) of Rochester, New York; a brother Richard Kurtz of Westminster, Colorado; three grandchildren, Malorie Wiers Burggraaf (Charlie), Lyndsay Wiers Payne (Adam) and Jessica Kuhn Binn (Sebastian); three great grandsons, Emmett and Cole Burggraaf and Levi Payne.

The Kurtz family will receive friends Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service honoring Bob’s life will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Berean Baptist Church. Pastor Jim Berry will speak. Burial will be in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in Bob’s memory to Berean Baptist Men’s Sunday School may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Sheri, your father was a great example to us of servanthood. Pleace accept our condolences to you and your family.

  • Sheri, John, Joan, Karen & Tim,
    My heart goes out to all of you. He was a remarkable man and surely is in the presence of our Lord and Savior. May the Lord bring you warm memories and comfort and strengthen you as only He can.
    Blessings and love to all of you.

  • Sheri, Joan, Karen and family,
    We send our love and condolences to you. Bob is home at last! But you will miss him fiercely, and for that we pray God’s peace to you.

    Love, Larry and Sharon Wingert

  • What an incredibly talented and active hands on father he was! You have been blessed to have stored up so many wonderful memories of him not only from your childhood but throughout your adult life as well. I have loved hearing stories throughout our lives of how proud and amazed you are of him and his can do attitude. Kayak in his 80’s- can do. Learn to make master quality furniture for people-can do. Become an accomplished artist- can do. Walk a mile and exercise every day even at 90- can do. Our hearts go our to you in how much you will miss this dear man. Love you!

  • Mrs. Kurtz and Sheri and families, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your husband and father but rejoice to know that he is with Jesus. I have prayed for him and for the Lord to show him mercy and that he would not have to suffer. God does answer prayers. I know you have many good memories and I pray that you know God’s grace like never before. I am also SO sorry that I cannot attend the services but I have the “bug” and an contagious so much stay home. However, I will be in prayer for all of you and so wish I could be there to give you a hug. Be sure to tell your mother Sheri how much I have always appreciated her friendliness to me and will be in prayer for her as she is the one who will experience the loneliness after all of you are gone to your various homes. Praying for you with love, Barb Postema P. S. He may have been as old as Ben but he beat Ben to heaven. 🙂

    • Barb, thank you so much. I love your comment about Ben! Yes, they always joked about who was older! So precious!

  • Dear family
    I have such fond memories of Bob and all when you lived nearby. I am praying for your comfort as you do the grief work, dealing with the “presence of his absence “. Love Katie

  • I was very sorry to hear about Bob. I know Bob back in the early 70’s at Xerox. I was the secretary for Bill Dalton and did work for Bob, Lionel and Craig. You may remember some of those names. I remember your Dad having a picnic at your home on Sunset Trail for the ID/HF department. I heard about your father from Penfield Wesleyan Church where I am now a member. His family was always very important to him. Bob was a respected and well liked man. He is now home with his Lord and Savior. Bob ran the race well! May God’s peace be with you Joan and your family during this difficult time.

  • Dear Aunt Joan, Sheri, and Karen,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Uncle Bob’s passing. May you reflect on all of the wonderful memories you shared as a family and know that he is home now and will forever be in your hearts. My sincere condolences. Love, Alan

  • We are praying for your family as you grieve your wonderful husband, father and grandfather 🙏🏼 He was such an amazing person and his love for the Lord and all of you was so evident! May you be granted peace and comfort in the weeks to come 😘. Blessings Ben and Jill

  • Dearest Joan, Sheri, Karen,
    My deepest sympathies to all of you in the loss of Bob this week. Although it has been many years since you, Joan, lived in South Carolina, you and Bob are remembered so fondly by your Clemson Presbyterian Church family. You were an amazing couple and served the Lord graciously in many capacities! Your legacy lives on here as we remember the contributions which you made amongst us. Joan, may you dwell in comfort and peace as you memorialize your dear Bob.
    Kitty Newton

  • To Joan and the Kurtz family: we offer our sincere condolences in the passing of Bob. We are comforted by knowing he is at home.

  • Bob was a special man and he reached out to me when my husband suffered a stroke. He and other men in our church put up a hand rail along our stairway to help make going up and down the stairs, safer for Joe. Just recently, he cut a board for me in the desired length that I wanted to put my TV on and he came to my house to measure the space where it would go. Both Bob and Joan have been in my prayers and Joan will continue to be, along with the rest of the family. Bob will be missed and never forgotten! I just had surgery and was unable to go to calling hours or the funeral but my prayers have been with the family for peace and comfort in knowing where Bob is! One day, we will see him, again.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was an amazing man who was blessed with so many skills and talents. His big heart filled all he was near with love, joy and happiness. I loved his sense of humor and he was a joy to be with. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He is in God’s presence and will always have him in our hearts. God’s blessings and love be with you all through this difficult time. Peace be with you all.

  • I know I speak for all of the members of the Amateur Radio Missionary Service and especially those of us in the NE Chapter in expressing our love and appreciation for Bob (W2CYO) who was a regular part of our work in assisting Missionaries on the air, and encouraging them and one another in prayer. Bob checked in regularly to our radio net on the 75 meter phone band until recent poor health prevented him. We already miss him. We rejoice in his being with Jesus. Grace and peace to Joan and all his family.
    In Him- Tom Church N7GBH – Bellmawr, NJ

    • Thank you Tom
      He loved being a part of ARMS. We are missing him greatly, but are rejoicing that he is with his beloved Savior.

  • Joan………We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, and pray God’s peace and comfort to you and your dear family. As a member of ARMS we are so grateful that we got to know W2CYO .

    Shirley and I have always enjoyed your Christmas cards and letters. Bob will be sorely missed.

    73/99……..Gerry (K4RBZ)