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Kurt M. Rittenmyer of Sequim, 55, passed away on November 6, 2012, of natural causes.
Kurt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to George J. Rittenmyer and Lorene Rittenmyer on June 30, 1957.
At age 11, he moved to San Jose, California, where he graduated from high school.
An avid learner, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. He went on to achieve a doctorate in material science from Pennsylvania State College.
He worked for the Naval Research Labs in Orlando, Florida, for many years before becoming a lab researcher at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. His final lab work was with Pennsylvania State College.
Kurt moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2001 to study educational psychology at the University of Washington, where he received his second master's degree.
Kurt moved to Sequim in 2005 to be near his parents.
Kurt was a lover of the outdoors and hiking, as well as an avid skier throughout his youth. He was especially fond of Glacier and Olympic national parks. He belonged to the Audubon Society and Washington State Trails, where he volunteered to replant forests and clear trails.
He volunteered in the community as part of Kiwanis and the Knights of Columbus, and was involved with St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sequim.
He is survived by his parents, George and Lorene Rittenmyer of Sequim; brother George Rittenmyer and his wife, Janet, of Turlock, California; uncle Budd Rutherford; niece Julie Rittenmyer; and nephew Geoffrey Rittenmyer.
A memorial service officiated by Father Jean Pierre Kasonga was held on Monday, November 12, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sequim. Kurt's ashes will be buried at Sequim View Cemetery.
The family asks that any memorial contributions be made in memory of Kurt Rittenmyer to either the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 2114, Sequim, WA 98382; or to the Brain Injury Association of Washington, P.O. Box 3044, Seattle, WA 98114.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Nov. 14, 2012