Milo Donald Kurle|
Milo was born in Eureka, South Dakota on February 4, 1936. He died on July 28 at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, WA. Between those two dates this remarkable man never met a rose without checking for fragrance, studied geology and cosmology, loved photography, chamber music and theater, and became an expert at preparing Chinese food. His friends recall his warmth and wit, his family his generosity and love of answering questions from young family members: "What makes the ocean salty?" for example.
He graduated from Eastern Washington State College with a degree in sociology. After four years of military service, Lieutenant Kurle entered the University of Washington to pursue a graduate degree in sociology. He later was a Supervisor of Planning in the Bureau of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in Olympia. After retiring in 1999, he traveled, sought to prove that Albert Einstein wrote fiction, and fought a courageous battle against cancer and heart disease which ultimately proved insurmountable.
He is survived by his wife Karen, sister-in-law Charlotte, and many, many other family members and friends who will miss his smile, he thoughtfulness and his wit. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Erna Kurle and by his brothers John and Jim.
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, August 14 at Powells Wood Gardens in Federal Way, In keeping with Milo's spirit it will be casual and filled with laughter, love, and also some tears.
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 11, 2013