THE CASEY FAMILY IS HONORED TO BE CARING FOR AND ASSISTING THE FAMILY OF DALE L. KURTZ
BETHLEHEM - On Thursday, April 9 2020, Dale L. Kurtz of Bethlehem Connecticut passed away unexpectedly at the age 79 at St. Marys Hospital.
Dale was born to Cyrus and Genevieve Kurtz of Rhinebeck, New York. Upon graduation from Rhinebeck High School, he married his high school sweetheart Patricia Ann (Taylor) Kurtz and attended Farmington State College earning a certificate in Airframe and Powerplant. Together, Pat and Dale raised three children, Jennifer, Kenneth and Russell. Dale loved his family dearly and spent many hours with his children and extended family. He believed in service to others and was extremely generous with his time and resources. He was a life-long leader and volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. After earning the rank of Eagle Scout at an early age, he went on to inspire 9 other family members to attain the achievement with many becoming Scoutmasters and performing other essential leadership roles. For his work, he was awarded the Silver Beaver, given only to a select number of scouts of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service.
Beyond his family and service to others, flying was Dale’s true love and he flourished in the field. He started with Pan American Airlines in 1960 cleaning aircraft between flights, but quickly worked his way up, becoming a certified mechanic, quality inspector, and later, after many hours of private lessons earned the rating of Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor. Rehired by Pan Am as flight crew, he started out as a navigator and held positions as flight engineer, first officer and check pilot. He ultimately retired as a Captain with Delta Airlines accumulating more than 30,000 flight hours. Over the years, he flew many aircraft such as the 707, DC-9, L-1011, 727, 737, 747, MD80 and A310, as well as many civil aviation craft. After his retirement in 2002, he dedicated his time to his church serving as the building coordinator overseeing many major upgrades and to the Town of Bethlehem serving on the Inland/Wetlands committee.
Dale is survived by his loving wife and three children (Jennifer Clogston of Pike NH, Kenneth of Owasso OK, and Russell of Lebanon OH), their spouses,12 grandchildren, his brother (Bruce of Longmeadow MA), a step brother and a step sister.
Due to the on-going pandemic, no services are scheduled at this time, but a memorial service is being planned for later this summer. In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Dale’s name to your preferred place of worship. O’Neill Funeral Home 742 Main St Oakville has been honored to assist the Kurtz family during this difficult time. Memories endure only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Kurtz family on Dale’s tribute page at www.oneillfuneralhome.com