June 9, 1920 – November 7, 2013
at the age of 93 years
Kurt passed away on Nov. 7, 2013 in Salmon Arm at the age of 93. He is predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Edith Maria, sister Margot Tietje, and granddaughter Anna Marie Mueller Hartmier, and survived by sister Helga Muller, son Kurt (Adele) Mueller, daughter Ursula (Terry) Lowrey, grandchildren David (Erin) and Christel and great grandson Jaxson John Mueller.
Kurt was born in Quedlingburg, Germany in 1920 and met Edith, his future wife in the sandbox as a small child. They were married in 1943 during the tumultuous times of World War II. While in the German navy, Kurt survived the sinking of the heavy cruiser “Blucher”, incredulously witnessed the first rocket fired at Peenemunde, and eventually came home after serving as a prisoner of war for two years when the war was over.
Canada held better prospects for Kurt and his young family, so he immigrated to Edmonton Alberta in 1954, joined by Edith and the children the following year. There he found shift work as a steam engineer, enjoying the opportunities afforded by his new country for fishing, hunting, and camping. The Okanagan/Shuswap was a favorite holiday destination so in 1975 Kurt and Edith moved to Salmon Arm to retire and also be near the grandchildren. From this home base they were able to travel the length and breadth of North America by camper, as well as take shorter holidays to Hawaii and Reno.
Kurt talked many times about how grateful he was to be in Canada with its opportunities for his family. Throughout his life he maintained a lively curiosity for things around him, and loved to debate issues of the day. Kurt will be remembered by all who knew him for his endless supply of jokes, even when he had serious health issues. He will be deeply missed.
The family thanks all the caregivers that helped Kurt stay at home, and the staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital and Bastion Place who made his last days comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations may be made to the Shuswap Hospice Society, PO Box 967, Salmon Arm, V1E 4P1.