OBITUARY

Alan Raymond Kurth

May 4, 1945October 5, 2020
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Alan Raymond Kurth’s story began May 4th, 1945, as the middle child to Mildred and Raymond Kurth. Alan was born in Aurora, Illinois. Soon after moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a young child Alan developed rheumatic fever. The doctor told his parents Alan needed dry desert air. Mildred and Raymond did not hesitate and immediately moved their small family to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival Alan, as he would tell us in his stories, he was disappointed as he did not step into the wild-wild west as the picture movies portrayed. Alan was very proud to live in Phoenix, AZ. He spent his teen years, growing up, make lifelong friends, attending school, and cruising Central Avenue, admiring the vehicles/night life. Alan attended Central High School and graduated in 1963. Soon after graduation, Alan enlisted in the Navy where he was awarded: the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, and the Viet Nam Services Medal. In 1973, his first daughter Danielle (Dani) was born. In 1977, his second daughter Allison (Ali) was born. Alan pampered and doted on his baby girls. His love and affection for them was beautiful and apparent to all those around him. Phoenix is where he would meet the love of his life, Debbie. Alan and Debbie had a whirlwind romance and were married December 6th, 1995 in Sedona, AZ. Alan and Debbie spent many dates dancing at Mr. Lucky’s and other little Honky-Tonks throughout the valley. Alan had an extremely large Hawaiian shirt collection which was set in motion with his most favorite one, the one he bought during his honeymoon. The collection rapidly grew to 90 plus shirts, over the next twenty-five years. Alan was renowned for his cooking skills. He loved Sushi and Teppanyaki and often caught the food, like a seal catching a fish. He was very talented! Everyone always knew they would have plenty of homemade delicious food to eat, while visiting the Kurth house. Alan’s homemade whip cream was like no other. Alan’s grandchildren were his heart and joy. All 20 of them! Time spent at G-Pa and Maama’s house swimming and having BBQ’s, were always special. Loved ones that cleared the path for Alan were: his mother Mildred Kurth, father Raymond Kurth, and his sister Jennine. As he rose up moments before he passed, it was at that moment, he started his next adventure. Love of laughter with friends and family did not end with his death. Alan will be remembered as the family storyteller, making certain everyone knew the stories of how he met and fell in love with his soulmate, Debbie. Alan is survived by Debbie, his wife and soulmate of 25 years, his cherished little sister Julie and her husband and dear friend Chris (Woody) Woodworth, his two daughters Danielle (Matt) Miranda and Allison Taylor, and his grandchildren Devon Taylor, Mckenzie Miranda, and Brody Taylor. His three nieces Dina Woodworth, Jessica (Chris) Hurley, and Lauren (Bill) Melcher. Alan held close to his heart the esteemed and proud honor of being Jessie and Lauren’s Godfather. Alan also leaves behind his blended family; Delta (Michael) Apodaca, Don (Sherri) Martin, Donette (Travis) Logan, and Dustin (Chariti) Martin. Grandchildren Michael, D.J., Austin, Dean, Mariah, Briannah, Madison, Taylor, Savannah, Hunter, Milo, J.R., Jake, Annette, Delanie and Great-Grand Children Kynlee and Declan.

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Alan Raymond Kurth

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Dan Boyle

October 24, 2020

Alan was my classmate at Central High all four years. I remember his good spirit and happy disposition. When I saw him at the reunions he was just as friendly and kind. God bless you Debbie and your family. You all will be together again in the future.

Joyce Angello

October 23, 2020

I just finished watching the wonderful slideshow of Alan's life. I can see he had the love and support of many people in his life.
I first met Alan in high school and then continued our friendship during later years sharing in different activities. Seeing him at all our class reunions and sharing those memories plus the memories of our classmate cruises, was the best!
Alan always had an upbeat attitude. He wanted everyone to be happy and have a good time. I never saw him without a smile on his face and he always made me feel special by telling me he truly enjoyed our visits.
A special memory for me was when he surprised me by showing up at my mother's viewing when she passed away. Although I had not told him about my mother's passing, he read about her in the paper and said he wanted to come because, as he put it, "Everyone needs a friend to be with them when they lose someone special." Alan was that kind of person...thoughtful and caring.
I'm sending warm thoughts to his family and all those who are saddened by his passing. May the wonderful memories you have of Alan soon take the place of the sadness you are currently feeling.
Rest in peace, my friend, Alan......... I will miss you!
Joyce (Goettl) Angello

Bruce & Bobbie Moody

October 22, 2020

Alan was ONE of a kind. His voice will always be in our my memory.

This quote says it all! See ya soon PAL.

Great times with both Alan and Debbie were always with us at the CHS class of '63 for great memories. Who could ever forget our wonderful times we had cruising together.

Barbara Mizer

October 22, 2020

What a fine and beloved family man Alan grew into. My thoughts and memories are only of him as a young teenager at Central HS. He was a friend; I helped him in English, he helped me in Algebra. Very sadly, he will be remembered and missed by all who knew him.
Barbara Styles Mizer

Donette Logan

October 18, 2020

The metal wall decor that will be in our cabin. Thank you Alan. Even though you couldn't make it at least a little part of your memory will be there.

Donette Logan

October 18, 2020

Your metal wall decor in this picture will proudly be up at the cabin in Maine. Wish you could have seen it in person. YOU will be remembered.

Donette Logan

October 18, 2020

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Donette Logan

October 18, 2020

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Donette Logan

October 18, 2020

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Donette Logan

October 18, 2020

You would be so proud of us kids. All of my mom's black birds are flocking around her to make sure she is taken care of while you're gone. Taking turns to ensure she is safe, fed & supported. You are missed and I am certain that I will see you on the other side of the River. My Aunt Rosemae said that to my Papa the day he passed and I never knew how strong that one phrase was nor meant until she said it I will see you on the other side and I can't wait to hear the next set of untold stories. You looked at peace and I am so thankful you're no longer struggling to breathe. The air you breathe is now the purest God has to offer. I remember when I first met you. I will be honest, in that I didn't like you. I didn't like anyone that came between my mom and I. I learned real quick that you stole my mom's heart and I struggled with the balance. I was recently married, had 1 child at the time; Austin..and quickly learned that my mom was moving into the next chapter of her life with you. I ended up giving you a chance and I am greatful. Certain your homemade food, fresh whipcream and frozen corn with real butter did it!!! My son and step son quickly snatched you up and claimed you as their G-Pa Alan. Briannah was born on your wedding anniversary to my mom . Your smile was so infections peeking into the room to grab a glimpse of this little girl who stole your day/heart. Thank you for being my Step Dad for 25 years. I will miss your laugh, the need for you to put salt on everything, hiding in the floor of your Jimmy when the driver next to us cut you off, and your stories that we ALL have memorized. THANK YOU for being Kynlee's Santa. She never hung up without wanting to see you (she still does). She knows you're at the North Pole and is waiting for her present. We spent several Sunday's talking especially during COVID. Your kind words about Don & I taking care of you both were appreciated. We did it out of love and would do it over again. Breathe easy Alan. Love U

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