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Earl F. "Skip" Kurtz

1936 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Hendersonville-Earl F. "Skip" Kurtz, 76, died Saturday, September 21, 2013, at The Elizabeth House in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Born December 27, 1936 in Chico, California, he was known nationally for his expansive entertainment career, especially in Denver, Nashville, and Las Vegas. Skip opened shows for the likes of Buck Owens, Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins. He played music for 50 years, retiring from show business to pursue ideas in inventing. Though not a trained chemist, Skip developed the basis for all black powder alternatives currently marketed today to shooting enthusiasts. He is survived by sister Linda Kurtz, sons Joseph Kurtz, Timm Kurtz (Stephanie), daughter Kristin Chesney (Tom), grandchildren Derek, Travis and Brian, dogs Zach, Bonnie and Gus, and beloved nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am on Sept. 27, in the downstairs chapel at Immaculate Conception Church.
Published in The Times-News on Sept. 26, 2013
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