Kurt passed away peacefully at home on August 8, 2014. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patricia, in 2008. He is survived by his son Robert, daughter Carolyn Farren (Don), three devoted grandchildren; Laura Davis (Drew), Leslie Harms (Ross) and Mark Farren, and three great-grandsons; William Harms, Mitchell Harms and Reid Davis. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Barbara Beitzell, and many cherished nieces and nephews.
He was born in Washington D.C. in 1924 and lived his entire life in Riverdale, Maryland. He graduated from Bladensburg High School in 1941 and worked for Engineering Research Corp until 1945. He served in the U.S. Army
in World War II
and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1947. He is a member of the Greenbelt American Legion Post 136.
He was a highly skilled craftsman and worked for Lanks Woodworking Company and the Architect of the Capitol before dedicating himself to a long career in the Fire Service. He entered the field as a young man and began his service as a volunteer with the Riverdale Heights VFD. He was a lifetime member of the RHVFD and served as Chief for a period of time. His love of and commitment to the training and education of firefighters
led him to a training academy position on the staff of the Maryland Fire Service Extension / Maryland Fire Rescue Institute and the University of Maryland. He officially retired in 1990 but continued to provide his many talents on a part-time basis until just a few years ago.
Kurt was a thoughtful, sincere man of unquestionable integrity and was devoted to his family, friends, hard work and the profession he loved. He will be dearly missed.
The family and the Riverdale Heights VFD will conduct a memorial service to honor Kurt and celebrate his life on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. The firehouse is located at 6101 Roanoke Ave., Riverdale, Maryland.
Memorial contributions may be made to
, 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN 38105.