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Larry Kurdek

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KURDEK, Larry Age 57, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2009. He has been a faculty member of the Department of Psychology at Wright State University since 1976. He is preceded in death by several whom he cared deeply about. These include his mother, Lottie Kurdek; his sister, Klarissa Kurdek; his friends, Pat Schmitt, Gary McDaniel, and Paul Duffield; and his canine companions Zorba, Maggie, and Sophie. He is survived by his partner, Gene Siesky; his "oldest" sister, Karen (Gene) Rogala; his brother, Len Kurdek; his sister, Kathleen Kurdek; his canine companions Lilly and Gretta; and his neighbor / family member, Gladys Zink. He is also survived by a next-generation of family members whom he grew to love and appreciate as friends. These include his niece, Vicki (Mike) Welch; his nephew, Ed (Shelley) Regan; his nephew, Jeff Rogala; and his "step-son" Jeff (Georgeann) Seisky and their son Nathan. He is also survived by nephews, Greg Rogala, Mark Salvesen, Kurt Salvesen, and Eric Salvesen, great uncle to Megan, Jordan, Makenna, and Gianna. His family would like to extend its deep appreciation to Robert Raju, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Amy Eby, R.N., O.C.N. from the Greater Dayton Cancer Center as well as to Paul Conover, M.D. F.A.C.S. from the Miami Valley Colon and Rectal Surgeons Inc. and Stephen Rudich, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S. from the University of Cincinnati Hospital. Gratitude is also expressed to Carla, Doris, Jamie, Paula, and Jen - the wonderful group of chemo nurses from the Greater Dayton Cancer Center. Family will receive friends from 4-8 pm Saturday June 13 and 1-5 pm Sunday, June 14 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 3380 Dayton-Xenia Rd. Services will follow at 5 pm on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Larry Kurdek Memorial Scholarship Fund, Department of Psychology, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435.
Published in Dayton Daily News from June 13 to June 14, 2009
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