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Kenneth Paul Kurtz

Chesapeake, Virginia

September 25, 1943 - July 6, 2024

Kenneth Paul Kurtz Obituary

Kenneth Kurtz, age 80, of Chesapeake, Virginia, joyfully entered the presence of his savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.


Ken was born on September 25, 1943, in Norfolk County to Christian and Olus Kurtz. He attended Mount Pleasant Mennonite School and took agricultural and dairy courses at Virginia Tech. He grew up working on his father’s dairy farm, which supplied milk for Yoder Dairies. During his early twenties, Ken spent two years in 1W Service working in the emergency room at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Upon returning home, he resumed working next to his father on the dairy farm, playing for the Mt. Pleasant men's softball team, and found the love of his life in Ruth. His passion for woodworking and construction led him to start Kurtz Cabinets and Home Improvements during the slow farming seasons. Later, he transitioned from dairy to beef cattle, and eventually stopped farming altogether after entering the garage door business. Getting close to retirement, he began Coastal Door Supply with his daughters and began manufacturing custom-made wood garage doors under Kenswood Doors.


Ken was a member of Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church and spent many years helping at Norview and Deep Creek Mennonite Churches. He was also involved with the Mennonite Disaster Service, Gideon’s, and Virginia Mennonite Missions.


Ken loved being a wood craftsman and playing softball. He coached both men's and women’s teams at Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church and his daughters' fast-pitch softball teams at Greenbrier Christian Academy. He was known for his humility, service to others, and support of his children and grandchildren in seeking God’s call on their lives.


Surviving are his wife Ruth and their three daughters, Janine (Jeff) Bailey, Denise Kurtz, and Yophiel "Becky" Kurtz, all of Maxwell Street in Chesapeake; two grandchildren, Michael (Haleigh) Bailey and Elizabeth (Jordan) Miller; and two foster grandchildren, Tim (Alyssa) Bridgeman and Kristin (Ryan) McCombs; four great-grandchildren, James, Brantley, Hayden, and Lainey; six foster great-grandchildren, Jacie, Lincoln, Carrington, Marleigh, Grayson, and Larsyn; one sibling, Ruby Bridgeman of Chesapeake; and ten nieces and nephews.


Ken was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Sheila and precious miscarried child, his parents, and his brother Nelson.


The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2024 at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, Chesapeake. The interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Friday at the church.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Kenneth Kurtz Memorial Fund, which will be divided by his wife among the nonprofits Ken supported.


Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook, make online memorial contributions and to view the service via livestream at www.briggsfh.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Kenneth Paul Kurtz hosted by Briggs Funeral Home.

Kenneth Kurtz, age 80, of Chesapeake, Virginia, joyfully entered the presence of his savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.


Ken was born on September 25, 1943, in Norfolk County to Christian and Olus Kurtz. He attended Mount Pleasant Mennonite School and took agricultural and dairy courses at Virginia Tech. He grew up working on his father’s dairy farm, which supplied milk for Yoder Dairies. During his early twenties, Ken spent two years in 1W Service working in the emergency room at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Upon returning home, he resumed working next to his father on the dairy farm, playing for the Mt. Pleasant men's softball team, and found the love of his life in Ruth. His passion for woodworking and construction led him to start Kurtz Cabinets and Home Improvements during the slow farming seasons. Later, he transitioned from dairy to beef cattle, and eventually stopped farming altogether after entering the garage door business. Getting close to retirement, he began Coastal Door Supply with his daughters and began manufacturing custom-made wood garage doors under Kenswood Doors.


Ken was a member of Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church and spent many years helping at Norview and Deep Creek Mennonite Churches. He was also involved with the Mennonite Disaster Service, Gideon’s, and Virginia Mennonite Missions.


Ken loved being a wood craftsman and playing softball. He coached both men's and women’s teams at Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church and his daughters' fast-pitch softball teams at Greenbrier Christian Academy. He was known for his humility, service to others, and support of his children and grandchildren in seeking God’s call on their lives.


Surviving are his wife Ruth and their three daughters, Janine (Jeff) Bailey, Denise Kurtz, and Yophiel "Becky" Kurtz, all of Maxwell Street in Chesapeake; two grandchildren, Michael (Haleigh) Bailey and Elizabeth (Jordan) Miller; and two foster grandchildren, Tim (Alyssa) Bridgeman and Kristin (Ryan) McCombs; four great-grandchildren, James, Brantley, Hayden, and Lainey; six foster great-grandchildren, Jacie, Lincoln, Carrington, Marleigh, Grayson, and Larsyn; one sibling, Ruby Bridgeman of Chesapeake; and ten nieces and nephews.


Ken was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Sheila and precious miscarried child, his parents, and his brother Nelson.


The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2024 at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, Chesapeake. The interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Friday at the church.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Kenneth Kurtz Memorial Fund, which will be divided by his wife among the nonprofits Ken supported.


Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook, make online memorial contributions and to view the service via livestream at www.briggsfh.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Kenneth Paul Kurtz hosted by Briggs Funeral Home.

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