Raymond E. Kourtz

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July 10, 2013

Raymond E. Kourtz, Florida, passed away Wednesday at the age of 91.

Ray was born Nov. 28, 1921, and grew up in Frackville, the only child of the late Harry and Sallie Kourtz.

He enlisted in the Army during World War II and served three years stationed in France and the United Kingdom, arriving on the beach at Normandy a few days after D-Day.

While in Birmingham, England, during the war, he met Winifred "Wyn" Knight whom he married in 1947. After Wyn's death in 1973, he married Willie B. "BeBe" Adcock in 1974, she passed away in 2013.

He attended Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, and went on to get his master's degree in chemistry at Penn State University.

He worked for American Cyanamid (now Cytec) in their Fibers Division for more than 40 years until his retirement.

He was also a Mason and a Shriner.

Ray moved from Somerville, N.J., to Pensacola in 1958, and resided in the Pine Glades subdivision. Later moving to Gaberone area, and then to Azalea Trace Community in 1998.

He is survived by son, Gregory Kourtz, St. Petersburg, Fla; three stepdaughters, Ann Neal and Beth Adcock, both of Pensacola, and Judy Estes, Burleson, Texas.

He dedicated his life to the future well-being of his family.

Special thanks to Marie Rideaux (Ray and BeBe's) caregiver, the entire staff Willowbrook Court (Azalea Trace) and the "angels" who work at West Florida Hospital. A grave site ceremony will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Bayview Memorial Park, 3351 Scenic Highway, Pensacola, with Chaplain Jim Dietz officiating. Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel, Pensacola, is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Republican & Herald on July 13, 2013
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