He graduated in 1972 from California Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Farm Management. He was then the foreman of a 500 acre flower farm for Burpee Seed Company in Lompoc for four years. He had to learn to speak Spanish, and fast!
The persistent fog, wind and overcast weather on the coast was too much for him and he then moved to Oakhurst in 1976 where he bought a small home on five acres. He worked at Heartland and White Oaks Guest Home with the special needs adults for 25 years. He repeatedly confirmed that he "wanted to help them (the handicapped) have a better life." He currently worked for The Carroll County Learning Center in Berryville.
He and his wife Donna, moved to Alpena in January 2004. He was an active member of the Alpena United Methodist Church. He loved the outdoors, his animals, working on his farm, hiking, nature, Scrabble and reading (especially The Living Bible). He was currently on a bowling league for Wilson Combat at The Lanes in Berryville.
He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. It was said of him that "all who knew him became better persons by knowing him".
On Dec. 14, 2002 Kurt was united in marriage to Donna Marie Laughlin who survives him of the home in Alpena. He is also survived by a son, Brian and his wife, Jennifer of Oakhurst, CA; a sister, Karen and husband Chet Leach, of Tiejeras, NM; a brother, Eric and wife Cathy and niece Brooke of Santa Paula, CA.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by Virginia, his first wife. Cremation was provided by Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville and there will be a Memorial Service at the Alpena United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 3 by Pastor Les Bailey.