Kurt Uebele, 88, of South Orleans, Massachusetts, and formerly of Westfield, New Jersey died Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Kurt was born on August 28, 1925 in Wangen, Germany, son of the late Emilie H. Uebele and Reinhold K. Uebele. He immigrated to the United States at the age of two with his parents. Kurt joined the Army in 1943 after graduating from Summit High School in New Jersey. In the Army, he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and took part in the Normandy invasion. Upon returning home from the service, he married Kathryn Jean Uebele. After the Army, he enrolled at Seton Hall College in South Orange, NJ. At the end of his junior year, his Marine reserve number was selected and he was assigned to Camp Pendleton, California as a Rifle Range Instructor during the Korean conflict. A year later he returned to Seton Hall where he received his Bachelors of Science in engineering. Kurt worked for the Union Carbide Corporation as an industrial engineer. He later transferred to the Duro-Test Corporation where he was employed until his retirement at the age of sixty-two. During his working career, Kurt and his family frequently vacationed on Cape Cod where he and Jean later built their retirement home. After moving to South Orleans, Kurt was a member of the Federated Church of Orleans, and was active in the Newcomers Club, Chequessett Golf Club, and the Old Mens Softball League. Kurt is survived by his wife of 65 years, and their daughters Karen J. Uebele, of York, Maine and Kathi U. Whitaker, of South Orleans, MA. He was Gampy to granddaughters Kelsey C. Whitaker and Courtney P. Whitaker. He also leaves his sister, Ruth Glasbrenner of Pennsburg, PA. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 11th at 2 PM at the Federated Church of Orleans. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to Snow Library in Orleans or to The Federated Church of Orleans.
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Published in The Cape Codder from Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 6, 2014