Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Edward J. Kurtzman

Edward J. Kurtzman, age 70, of Shelby, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at his home.

Ed was born September 6, 1946 in Shelby, the son of the late Joseph C. and Eleanor (Arrona) Kurtzman. He was a 1964 graduate of Shelby High School and attended North Central Technical College. Ed was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving in Germany during the Vietnam era. For 33 years, Ed worked at Milliron Industries as a bookkeeper in the office and retired in 2014. He was a very active member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church and involved in several ministries. Ed was a Eucharistic Minister, usher, greeter, money counter, RCIA team leader, past festival chairman, and constant volunteer for all parish and school functions. He was a member of the Shelby Knights of Columbus Council 1968 where he served as the most recent past Grand Knight from 2014-2016.

Ed was a follower of The Ohio State University Buckeye’s football and all Shelby Whippet athletics, having served as a past president to the Shelby Whippet Athletic Boosters. He was an avid racing fan and car enthusiast, especially loving his Corvette. Above all else, he thoroughly enjoyed following his children’s and grandchildren’s activities, whom he loved so very much.

Ed is survived by his wife, Beth Ann (Channing) Kurtzman, whom he wed on November 29, 1969. Also surviving are 2 sons: Scott (Tracy) Kurtzman  and Jeff (Misty) Kurtzman both of Shelby; 5 grandchildren: Ashley Kurtzman, Alex Kurtzman, Jensen Kurtzman, Ryleigh Kurtzman, and Jackson Kurtzman; 2 great grandchildren: Karli and Ryan; a brother: Dennis (Susie) Kurtzman of Mansfield; a sister: Valerie (Tim) Brown of Australia; 2 brothers-in-law: Jim (Karen) Channing and Al (Carolyn) Cummings; 2 sisters-in-law: Jayne (Denny) Vanderpool and Lois Channing; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby by Fr. Chris Mileski. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary School.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Ann Imhoff says:

    Beth, Boys and family.
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. So glad I got to talk to him at the K of C Friday nite.
    God is going to have a great guy up there and I know Ed will be volunteering to help
    Love to all of you

  2. Lori McCartney says:

    My prayers go out to the Kurtzman family. Ed will be missed, such a fighter.

  3. Roxann and James Young says:

    Beth and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Ed”s passing. He was always so nice and so much fun whenever we saw him. You are in our thoughts.

    Roxie and James

  4. Fred Studer says:

    To the Kurtzman Family, so sorry for your loss. He will be missed greatly by all. May God Bless and Keep You and Yours Always! Fred Studer

  5. Cuz-Sharon says:

    Always loved his sense of humor. May he rest in peace in the presence of Him, Tia Nacha, Uncle Joe. Love you all.

  6. Kathy Harms says:

    Beth and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers! Love Aunt Boots, Kathy and Steve Harms

  7. Dick Holmes says:

    So sorry Beth to hear of Ed’s passing. We have many memories of Ed’s sense of humor and contagious smile. Our condolences to you and your family. We look forward to seeing you Saturday.

  8. Tressia Punky Contreras says:

    Buddy left us too soon. I loved his posts on Facebook and all the great photos of his family. I will sure miss him. His Mom must have wanted him by her side.

  9. Sharon sifferlin says:

    Beth and family. We send our sympathy from Arizona. Prayers

  10. Kat Shane says:

    Our thoughts are with Beth and her family. It was great reconnecting with Buddy on Facebook. Hugs from the Shane family.

  11. Donnie Strine says:

    Scott sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

  12. Jeff & Jo Peiffer says:

    Beth and family.
    So sorry about Ed

  13. Darlene Rinehart says:

    Beth and family, So very sorry. Was so happy to see you Friday night. Love and Prayers. Darlene and Tom

  14. Jeff Stansberry says:

    I am so sorry to hear of you and your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this sad time…

  15. Nancy & Terry Hamman says:

    Beth, Scott, Jeff and Family,
    Deepest Sympathy in your loss. We have enjoyed keeping up with Ed on FB. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Mark & Amy Gerster says:

    Dear Beth and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. We will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. You have our deepest sympathy.

  17. Karmen (Holmes) Wilharms says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I remember you all well, from the family reunions Grandma (Doris) helped to plan. Ed was always a friendly face who enjoyed a good conversation. My prayers of peace for you all.

  18. Deacon Jeff and Janet Merrell says:

    Dear Beth, we are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He was always such fun to be around. Our prayers for you and your family.

  19. Mike and Judy Caporini says:

    Beth and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss…
    Know that many are praying that you find comfort in your memories and your faith….

    Mike and Judy

  20. Linda McCoy says:

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  21. Nancy and Clarence Ousley says:

    Beth and family, Your have our deepest sympathy. So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing.Thinking of you from Florida!

  22. Ambrose & Joy Trucks says:

    Beth and Family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.l

  23. Mike &Darlene Zappa says:

    Beth & Family ~ So sorry for your loss. May God give you all strength through this difficult time. Thoughts & prayers continued!

  24. David and Cheryl Shade says:

    To the entire Kurtzman family, our sincerest sympathies. So terribly sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. Someone from our old neighborhood. Know that we are praying for you all.

  25. Linda Vanasdale Colwell says:

    Beth, I am sorry for your loss.

  26. John & JoAnn Waldruff says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you, Beth and your family, on Ed’s passing. So sad to loose a classmate and friend. Ed was in our prayers for recovery as you will be for Jesus’ comfort now.

  27. Jacqui Smith says:

    Beth, Scott, Jeff and families, I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. May God’s embrace comfort you all in your time of loss and sorrow. I remember serving as Eucharist Minister alongside of Ed and you, Beth, in the Most Pure Heart of Mary parish before my move to North Carolina.
    Jacqui Smith
    Smithfield, NC

  28. Bill, Chris smith says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family from florida

  29. Mark & Julie Metzger says:

    Our sincere sympathy to all of Ed’s family. Ed was always very happy to see me and he always cared for the Metzger family. We are, and will continue, to pray for him and for all of you. He will be greatly missed!

  30. Doris Will says:

    Beth and family- prayers and deepest sympathy to you all!

  31. Dave and Chris Devito says:

    Beth and Family,
    You have our deepest sympathy. May God comfort you and give you strength.

  32. Vicky Adams says:

    Beth, so sorry for your loss.

  33. Troy Mohler says:

    Beth and family: So sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. One of the nicest people you could ever meet. Prayers for all of you and my deepest sympathy.

  34. Kevin Baird says:

    Beth, Scott and Jeff: Really liked Ed. He was one of the most friendliest guys anyone could meet. Hang to all your good memories with him. Guys like him don’t come along to often!

  35. The Awwiller Family says:

    Dearest Kurtzman Family-
    We are grieving with you and praying for you all. Our prayer is that the love of our Father and sweet memories of Ed carry you through this very difficult time. Our deepest sympathy and love is with you.

  36. Berta and Brandon says:

    Beth, we’re so sorry to hear about Ed’s passing… He will definitely be missed from this side of the yard, always looked forward to him sitting outside and chatting any chance he got… You’re all in our thoughts and prayers ❤

  37. Russ and Betty Newland says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family

  38. Chad Metzger says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed’s family and friends. He was such a warm and kind man that I’m sure he will be deeply missed by all. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy that will live on though his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. May you all find peace knowing you carry his warmth and kindness with you.

  39. Douglas & Stephanie Finnegan says:

    Beth and Family,
    Sincere condolences to all of the family. Prayers for strength and peace for you all at this most difficult time.

  40. Cindy Gibson says:

    I am sending you my sincerest sympathy for the loss of Ed in your lives. We worked together for nearly 20 years and he was one of the nicest people I worked with. He was kind and funny. He was the one who would call me at work with a message about work – good or bad – and sign off with, “have a nice day!” I truly enjoyed working with him. I wish you all the best.

  41. Valerie and Roy Watrous says:

    Beth and family and Denny and family our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We hope you find comfort with your memories and keep them close to you heart

  42. Tom and Toni Bertke says:

    Our deepest sympathy, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  43. Michelle says:

    Dear family, may these promises from the Holy Scriptures comfort and strengthen you in this time of sorrow. Jehovah God is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. And he will wipe away the tears from all faces. Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 25:8 NWT. Peace be with you.

  44. Pastor Steve, Shenandoah Christian Church says:

    Our thoughts and most sincere prayers being lifted up to the Kurtzman family from the prayer chain at Shenandoah Christian Church. May God strengthen and keep you all in His love and mercy.

  45. david pennell says:

    Dear Denny, Susie, and Family….

    I did not know Ed personally, but all I have heard keeps returning to him being the friendliest, warmest, kindest person anyone could ever want to meet, and you can see that in his picture…I am so sorry and pray for you and the family finding comfort and peace in god’s promise of the everlasting life for him, until you are reunited with him in heaven….thinking of you at this time.

    David Pennell and family

  46. Christine Gfrer says:

    Beth and family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. Sending our deepest condolences and much love to you and your entire family.

    He will be missed.

    Christine Gfrer & family

  47. Tom Hadley says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Kurtzman family. Ed was truly an exceptional human being, you couldn’t help but like him. God be with you all in your time of sorrow.

  48. Lynne, Colton and Tanner Orr says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, we are so sorry for your loss.

  49. Tim Moore says:

    So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. My deepest sympathy to the Kurtzman family.

  50. John L.Kurtzmanjlku says:

    Sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to him at the reunions. He was so friendly.

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