Ronald G. Kurz
1940 - 2020
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Novelist, Screenwriter, and Antiquarian Bookseller, Ronald G. Kurz, 79, of Hancock NH passed away suddenly of heart failure early May 7. Ron was born in Baltimore, MD, on November 27, 1940 to Gordon L. Kurz and Dorothy D. (Driver) Kurz.

He graduated Parkville High School, Parkville, MD, in 1958, at 17 years old. He hitchhiked around the country after high school. Still 17, he joined the U.S. Army. He served from 1958-1961 in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC and in the 8th Infantry Division in Germany as a scout and demolition specialist.

He worked as a Correctional Officer with the Maryland Department of Correction for 8 years. He quit to write a novel about the experience, published as Lethal Gas in 1974. He then worked as a theater manager in Baltimore for JF Theatres and Schwaber Theatres while writing in his off hours. His second book, Black Rococo, published in 1976, was written about those experiences.

With the publication of his first novel, he moved to Francestown, NH in January, 1975. From 1975-1982 he worked as a novelist and screenplay writer. He had various projects with Bud Yorkin Productions, CBS Television, and Georgetown Productions, where he wrote the final draft of Friday the thirteenth (as Mark Jackson), and all of Friday the Thirteenth, Part ll. He also wrote King Frat (as Mark Jackson), Eyes of a Stranger, and Off the Wall.

From 1982 to a few years ago, he ran a one-man home-based antiquarian book business. He was twice divorced, and the father of two sons, Scott and Daniel Kurz.

He married Ann Dillon in 2002, and moved from Antrim to Hancock, NH.

Ron's quiet presence hid a lively wit, and a kind and generous spirit. He had a great love for the written word, and a lifelong love of movies. He cared deeply for his wife and family. He was passionate about animals, especially dogs. He will forever be missed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Dillon; two sons, Scott Nelkens Kurz of Peterborough, NH; Daniel Nelkens Kurz; his wife, Bethany Porter Kurz, and their two daughters, Zessi Ann Kurz and Elyse Muriel Kurz, of Alstead, NH; his sister, Susan Kurz, of Linthicum, MD. He is pre-deceased by his brother, John Kurz, and survived by John's family.

There will be a celebration of Ron's life sometime in the future. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hancock Fire and Rescue, 40 Bennington Rd., Hancock, NH, Fast Friends, 14 W. Swanzey Rd, Swanzey, NH 03446, or the Humane Society of NH, 101 W. Swanzey Rd, Swanzey, NH 03446.

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Published in Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on May 20, 2020.
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May 31, 2020
I send you love, dear Ann. It was always so lovely to see you and Ron (just look for the tallest person at the sheds) at Francestown Labor Day. May you be comforted by the beauty of the life the two of you shared.
Francelle Carapetyan
May 28, 2020
Anne, I was sorry to see Rons obituary. I knew him only from town meetings and living in Antrim. I hope you are weathering the storm and remembering all the time you had together.
Ella (Houston) Kemp
Ella Kemp
May 20, 2020
Ann - I am so sorry for your loss. The two of you were such a match - it was very apparent each time I saw you together. You are in my heart and in my prayers.
Gloria Lodge
May 19, 2020
I am Ron's stepson, Chris Michlin. We actually first met and became friendly in the early 1970's when I lived in Antrim, NH with my mother Ann. Ron's dry wit and loving personality were always present. When Ron and my mother married it brought old friends together as family. We are happy to still share a unique family bond with Ron's children and family which I look forward to continuing throughout our lifetimes. Ron is missed but his legacy remains strong.
Chris Michlin Michlin
May 19, 2020
Sending you love and condolences. Ann. May your memories of Ron bring you comfort and peace.
Janet Athens
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