CLAFLIN — Kurt Herbert Fuhr, 92, joined his Maker and others in Heaven on Holy Saturday, April 7. He was the last born to Fredrick and Hattie Fuhr in Bromburg, Poland on Sept. 11, 1919. He grew up in Claflin and attended Great Bend High School. In 1961, he was baptized in the Methodist faith. He was a lifeguard and Eagle Scout. He was married to Eledra Mae Fuhr on April 9, 1943 until her death on March 12, 1984. He was married to Beverly Kay Fuhr on Sept. 14, 1987 until her death on Aug. 18, 2010.
He was a member of the greatest generation. He joined the Army Air Force in October 1942 and was honorably discharged in September 1945. While in the service, he was a nose gunner on a B24 bomber and completed 36 missions over Europe. He flew in the air raid against Ploesti, the Balkans Air Offensive and the Rome Arno Battle. He was also an M1 marksman. He was a tech sergeant at the time of his discharge. After the war, he returned to Kansas and operated an oil field business known as Kurt’s Line Cleaning for many years. He was a paramedic for the Claflin Fire Department for over 30 years. He drove the minibus for Great Bend Senior Center for five years and worked for HCC for six years. He moved to Alvin, Texas 2 1/2 years before his death and lived with his daughter and son, Bunny and Jim. He was a kind and gentle person and a fine man who enjoyed life and was loved by others. His was a good journey. He will be greatly missed.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion in Great Bend and the Masonic Lodge in Claflin.
He is survived by his son, Scott Joe Fuhr of Claflin, his daughter, Bunny Jo Bennett and husband Jim of Alvin, Texas and son, Spencer Howell of Alvin, Texas. He had eight grandchildren Heather,Bonny and Barney Bennett, Justin, Joshua, and Clarissa Howell and Robert and Anthony Haston; and five great-grandchildren.
He will be interred with his wife Beverly at the Houston National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on April 23 with military honors. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Highsteppers, PO Box 180, Alvin, Texas 77512 or to The Westview School for Autism, 1900 Kersten Dr., Houston, Texas 77043-3125.
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, April 17, 2012**