The Life of Richard K. Kurtz

Richard K. Kurtz, 98, of Hamburg, and formerly of Kutztown, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at The Lutheran Home at Topton. He was the widow of Helen M. (Koenig) Kurtz, who died on November 22, 2005. Born in Philadelphia, Richard was a son of the late William D. S. and Korah L. M. (Strunk) Kurtz. He was a long-time member of Zion Moselem Lutheran Church, Richmond Township, where he served on church council, and was a 1938 graduate of Kutztown Area High School. Richard honorably and faithfully served his country in The U.S. Army during World War II, in North Africa and Italy. He was as a Carpenter by trade, working as a Foreman for Supreme Ceilings for many years. He was also a member of the Carpenter’s Union for 70 years.

Richard was a member of VFW Post 560, Kutztown, and was a founding member and Scout Master of the former Boy Scout Troop 116, chartered by Zion Moselem Lutheran Church. He was also a past President of Kutztown Rod and Gun Club, member of Fink’s Blue Mountaineers Camper Club, and attended Polar Bear Association, 339th Infantry Division reunion, every two years. He was a former member of Virginville Grange. An avid outdoorsman, Richard loved hunting, fishing, camping and playing golf.

Richard is survived by his three sons, Kenneth R., husband of Marcia E. (Moyer) Kurtz, Boyertown, Daniel A., husband of Darlene L. (Mengel) Kurtz, Kutztown and Jeffrey L. Kurtz, Kutztown; daughter - in -law, Brenda K. (Breiner) Kurtz, The Villages, FL, widow of predeceased son, William R. Kurtz, Sr., who died on January 7, 2015; 10 grandchildren, Melanie Reigel, David Reinhard, Stacy Reinhard, Melissa Reinhard, Jason Kurtz, Seth Kurtz, Kellene Knutsen, Barbara Silverstrim, William Kurtz, Jr., Kenneth Dale Kurtz, and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, parents, and son, Richard was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra M. (Kurtz) Reinhard on September 6, 2005; son-in-law, James D. Reinhard in 2002; granddaughter, Susan M. Reinhard / Constein in 2016; sister, Marion I. (Kurtz) Reimert; and brothers, Jacob S. Kurtz, William T. Kurtz and George Warren Kurtz.

A funeral service to celebrate Richard’s life will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown, PA, with Reverend Mary Ann Hamm, officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by Base Honor Guard, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, and Ray A. Master Post 217, American Legion Honor Guard. Topton, will follow in Zion Moselem Church Cemetery, Richmond Township.

Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, and again on Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the church.

The family requests contributions be made in Richard’s memory to Veteran’s Making a Difference, 645 N. 6th Street, Reading, PA 19601.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Motorcycle ride

I meant Richard in the spring of 2016 at Renninger's coffee shop. He started a conversation with me as he commented on the T-shirt I was wearing. Actually, he was teasing me LOL. We hit it off immediately. Several months went by, he asked me one beautiful sunny day, if he could sit on my motorcycle? I said, "sure". I asked him, if he would like me to start the engine? His reply was "oh yeah"! 

I said would you like to take a ride down the parking lot? "Okay" he replied with confidence. Well, approx150 feet  as we drove through Renninger's parking lot he told me to stop. I asked, "if he was okay"?  He said, "I have to turn my hat around and wear it backwards and then  said "let's go". He didn't want the wind to blow off his hat.

I was a little surprised he seemed so confident being on my bike. I wanted to make sure I could give him a thrill he would never forget. On our way back I told him to hold on tight then I hit the throttle pretty hard for a brief moment. He loved it!  And said,  "that was a thrill Dave"! I will miss our many conversations.  He truly blessed me the short time I knew him and left an impression on me I will cherish always. 

Posted by David R on 06/07/2019