Kurt was born in Nurnberg, Germany on October 29, 1962. Kurt's childhood years, in a military family, were spent in Germany, Okinawa and Thailand. He graduated from the American High School in Bitburg, Germany with top honors, then earned two bachelor's degrees. He pursued his lifelong dream to fly airplanes and, after years of dedication and sacrifice, became a commercial pilot where he worked his way to captain. He was flying private, time share aircraft when he was disabled with his fatal illness. He was fulfilled, nonetheless, with fellowship of community, church and family. Kurt met his soul mate, Joni, who has been there through good times and bad. Kurt was a devoted family man - the essence of his life.