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Kingwood Funeral Home

22800 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX

A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Kurt Alfred Dettmers

April 14, 1927December 22, 2019
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Kurt Alfred Rudolf Dettmers was born April 14th, 1927 in Bremen, Germany to Wilma Schall Dettmers and Hermann Heinrich Dettmers. His only sister, Marie, is 14 months younger than him. In 1934, as Kurt reached the age of 7, his father saw the necessity of leaving Germany, and The Hitler Regime. The family moved to New York City, residing in The Bronx, where the children received their education, including German School on Saturdays. At 16, Kurt was fortunate to have Office & Messenger-Boy jobs with ESSO at 30 Rock. At 18, he joined the US Navy, reaching Japan as the war ended. The GI Bill helped him complete his education at Marietta College (Ohio) with a degree in Petroleum Engineering where he graduated in 1953. He served as Yearbook Editor for 2 years, and was an active member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. After graduation, he accepted a job in Tulsa, OK with Carter Oil Company. There he met Pamela Denner (love at first sight!) at a YWCA dance, and they married on June 19, 1955 at The Boston Avenue Methodist Church. They started married life in Magnolia, AR, where their first son, Kyle was born. In March of 1957 Kurt accepted a job with Gulf Oil Corp. (Mene Grande) in Venezuela. Two more sons, Eric and Mark were born in San Tome, Venezuela. It was an Idyllic oil camp with many young American, Venezuelan and European families living together. Kurt served in various management positions in Eastern and Western Venezuela, and Caracas over his 27 years there. A year after Venezuela nationalized its oil industry in 1973, then President, Carlos Andrés Pérez awarded Kurt with The Order of Francisco de Miranda which honors Venezuelan citizens and foreigners who had contributed to the sciences, to the progress of the country, to the humanities, or who had exemplified outstanding merits. In 1983, the family moved back to the United States where Pam and Kurt settled in Kingwood, TX as his sons attended and graduated from Texas Universities. In Kingwood, Kurt enjoyed his retirement with travel, gardening, golf, and social activities including various bridge groups. He also enjoyed an active involvement in his Presbyterian Church.

Becoming a grandfather (Opa) was a treasured addition to Kurt’s life. Kurt is survived by his loving wife Pamela, his sons Kyle, Eric, and Mark, Mark’s wife Soraya, and their children, Nicholas, Christian, and Sofia, Kurt’s sister Marie Thomas and her children Alfred Thomas and Lisa Thomas Schwartz, her husband Michael and their children, Amy, Ryan, and Willi.

Kurt lived his last few years with Alzheimer’s. The one constant through the progression of this unforgiving disease were his loving smiles for family, friends, caregivers, and the Presbyterian Sunday-Service volunteers. The world is a better place for his having been here.

Services

  • Celebration of Life - Memorial Service Saturday, January 11, 2020

Memories

Kurt Alfred Dettmers

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Bill Bowman

January 13, 2020

Pam, Kyle, Eric and Mark:
My deepest condolences. Kurt was a good man, and he had an influence on me growing up. I am a better person for having known him.
Sincerely,
Bill Bowman
Raleigh, NC

Alvaro Arrazola

January 10, 2020

Mark, Soraya and family

Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

The Arrazola-Marshall Family

Beverly Hood

January 5, 2020

To my dear sister In Christ Pam, Kurt, Eric, Mark and family
I have in my heart how Kurt was a witness for Christ and a servant of God. He showed us everyday, the love he had for his family, community and faith in Christ. Please read 1Thessalonians 4: 13-18. I pray the Lord He let me hug you soon.
Love in Christ
Beverly Hood

Gloria Serpa de Rivera

January 5, 2020

Pam, Kyle, Eric, Mark and all the family.
We are very sorry to hear of your loss.
Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
The Serpa Montoya Family
Caracas, Venezuela
Coral Springs, Florida

Audrey Hamer

January 5, 2020

To the Dettmers family- my sincere condolences for your loss. Your father and husband was such a good man and lived life honorably and well. May good memories of him give you comfort in times to come.
Regards and abrazos,
Audrey

Tito and Sally Madrazo

January 4, 2020

We have wonderful memories of Kurt and Pam, and their sons in San Tomé and in Kingwood. Kurt and Pam were mainstays of the Union Church in San Tomé, and I was privileged to sing in the choir with Kurt. Eric and Mark were so kind to our young girls, and Pam taught Marisol in kindergarten.
My mother was especially fond of Pam. She was delighted to visit her in Kingwood as well. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

Dan Hamer

January 4, 2020

My sincerest condolences for your loss. A long and productive life lived to the fullest, something that we can all aspire to.

Para la Sra. Dettmers, Kyle, Eric, Mark y sus familiares por favor reciban el sincero pésame de mi parte y de toda la familia Hamer.

Our thoughts are with you.
Dan Hamer
Hanoi, Vietnam

Lisa Kirch

January 3, 2020

Please accept my condolences on your loss. I hope Mr. Dettmers is with those who've gone before and is sharing funny stories and good laughs about their years in Venezuela.

Lisa Kirch, Chuck and Martha Hall's eldest

Kenneth Smith

January 3, 2020

Our condolences to the family, may he Rest In Peace.

David Sims

January 3, 2020

Kurt was "one of a kind"! It was a pleasure to have known and worked with him. May he rest in peace.

David & Suzy Sims

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