Born On: March 03, 1952

Passed On: April 28, 2019

David A. Kurtzhal

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, David Kurtzhal, loving husband, father of two, and grandfather of four, passed away at the age of 67.

David was born March 3, 1952 in Muskegon, MI to Roy and Irene Kurtzhal. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1971 and proudly graduated top of his class in Paris Island, CA, earning his Dress Blues. His service saw him stationed in Numazu Beach, Japan and Kin Red Beach, Okinawa. He received commendations as a rifle sharpshooter and was awarded a National Defense Service Medal before receiving an honorable discharge in 1977. On January 31,1974, David married the love of his life Diana Elena Muñoz in Santa Ana, CA. The couple raised two children, Jennifer and Jacob.

David attended Muskegon Community College, earning an associate’s degree in computer programming. After working at Howmet in Whitehall for 14 years, he began his own contracting company, Kurtzhal and Kurtzhal Builders. He continued working there until his retirement in March of 2019.

David was a passionate man with many interests. From an early age he loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, as well as gardening, winemaking, and beekeeping later in his life. When he was only 18 years old, David hitchhiked to Florida, caught a sailboat to the Bahamas and became a fishing guide for tourists. On that early journey, he left Michigan with a brand-new pair of boots, and by the time he arrived in Florida, the soles were worn through completely.

David’s passion for hunting led him on trips to Texas, Montana, Alaska, Canada, and Wyoming by horseback. David also spent time in his teens playing bass guitar and singing in a band. His love for music continued throughout his life, and he was rarely seen without the radio playing or singing a song to himself. He loved karaoke and was known for singing songs like Whiskey Girl, Friends in Low Places, and Proud to be an American. Dave was also a terrific dancer, enjoying line dancing, two-stepping, and cumbias with Dee. He was also an avid woodworker with boundless imagination and talent. As an artist he loved to challenge himself, and he spent countless hours making furniture and cabinetry, creating realistic wildlife carvings, relief carvings, and gun stocks. Much of his artistic work were keepsakes for the family, and he even created jewelry for his loving wife Dee.

More than any other passion, David loved his family and always spent as much time as possible with his grandchildren: Paloma (16), Bella (14), Chase (10), and Scarlett (6). He never missed a birthday, game, meet, or performance, and the grandkids were HIS pride and joy. He took every opportunity to share a photo with friends or tell a story about “the kids.” David was gentle, patient, and kind and left us just as he lived.

David was proceeded in death by his parents and his sister Sherry (Denny) Schmuker. He is survived by his wife Diana, two children, four grandchildren, his two brothers Ronald and Bud (Robin), and numerous family members in Texas, Illinois, and throughout Michigan.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Shoreline Memorial Services of White Lake at 1 o’clock p.m. The visitation will be held beforehand at 12 p.m. Flowers can be sent to 816 S. Mears Ave. Whitehall, MI 49461. Donations can be made to Operation Homefront,

Arrangements by Shoreline Memorial Services of Whitehall

Visitation Information

Shoreline Memorial Services--Whitehall Chapel
816 South Mears Ave. Whitehall, Michigan 49461

Date: Saturday, May 04, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Funeral Information

Shoreline Memorial Services--Whitehall Chapel
816 South Mears Ave. Whitehall, Michigan 49461

Date: Saturday, May 04, 2019
Time: 01:00 PM

20 thoughts on “David A. Kurtzhal

  1. Susie Winfrey

    Although there isn’t any words that will take away the heartache, know that others are Praying, and thinking about you, during this sad time. Take comfort in your precious memories, and love of family and friends, to bring you comfort and peace. Love and hugs!

  2. Fran Paxson

    Dee, so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I will be praying with you during those difficult days ahead that God will give you comfort and peace.

  3. Cindy Jones

    Dee I am so heartbroken and saddened by Dave’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

  4. ann grinwis

    Dee, so sorry to hear of your husband passing, I gi ve you my heartfelt sympathy, my dear girl God, be with you and your family during this difficult journey. i

  5. Ron and Elaine Sharnowski

    Dee, Jennifer and Jacob: Sending love and prayers to all as you journey through this time of loss. We feel very grateful for the short time we spent with you and Dave in Lake Leelanau last summer. God speed, Dave.

    In sympathy,
    Ron an Elaine Sharnowski

  6. Kris VanDenHeuvel

    Jake and family… sorry for your loss. May memories of happy times help you through this difficult time. Sending prayers and hugs……

  7. Lillian Morningstar

    Dee, I’m so sorry for your lost. It’s so hard to lose someone as dearly as Dave. He was a joy to know and I loved his singing at the American Legion. Life will change but remember to stay close to your family and friends. Cherish the memories you made together and forever as no one can take them away from you. Dee, Jake and Jennifer you have my sympathy and prayers. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Carlos and Patti

    Dee, Jennifer and Jacob and your family—Carlos and I are so saddened to learn of Dave’s passing. We extend our deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    May God give you strength to accept Dave’s early departure from earth and may he rest in Heavenly peace. Keep his memories warm and close to your heart as it will give you the strength you need to carry on. Sorry we won’t be able to attend the services, but know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Evelyn graves

    Deep mom and I are sad for you. We will keep you in our prayers love ya evelyn and evey

  10. Pat & Shane Pierce

    Our hearts are broken as God has gained an angel. Dave has been one of papi’s bestfriends for over 20 years. He is the Godfather to my son Corey and has been apart of our family for many years. He was so much apart of our family, he even did a skit of the George Jones song I Don’t Need No Rocking Chair for my dad’s 60th birthday party. Dave loved to sing karaoke and I loved to listen because he had a really good voice. I loved when he would sing Friends In Low Places. I can always hear Dave saying in his Dave voice “what’s up girl”. I would like to thank my mom’s best friend Diona Kurtzhal for sharing her husband with our crazy Olivarez family. We love you and we miss you Dave. Until we meet again. R.I.P. Dave Kurtzhal 😢

  11. Patricia Wootton Verett

    Dee, I can only imagine the sadness and loss you are feeling now. My heart breaks for you. I hope you can remember all of the wonderful times with David and hold your children and grandchildren close. ❤️❤️

  12. Sandi (Knapp) Oryszczak

    Dee nand family, Prayers going out to you and your family. So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I did not know he had some health issues. I will always remember the parties at your place and line dancing with our group at the Moose and at different places. All those good memories forever.

    Sandi Knapp Oryszczak

  13. Stacy Saul

    Jennifer and family,
    Thinking of you and holding you in my heart. I am so very saddened to hear of your fathers passing. Try to remember all of the great memories to help you stay strong. 🙏🏼♥️

  14. Jan and Bill Alder

    Dee and family, Bill and I are so sorry to hear of Dave’s untimely passing. He was a great guy and will be missed. Take care of those close to you and enjoy the memories.

  15. Ronald Kurtzhals

    Dee, Jennifer and Jacob, i am So Sorry for Your Loss. It is a travesty Dave had to Leave so Early in Life! I know He was having health problems. When God Calls, We will obey! Love to You All, May God be witn You’s!

  16. Robin Kurtzhal

    We’re so sorry: there are no words…..please know our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. May God hold you and keep you all close by him as you go through such a hard time.

  17. Julie Janes

    Jennifer, Dee, and Jake, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending so much love, prayers and strength to you.

  18. Ann Bays

    We are so sorry to hear of his passing. We will be praying for you all and keeping you in our prayers giving you hugs and love God bless you all.
    Love Tim and Ann Bays


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