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John Elliott Kurz Jr., 77, of San Mateo, Calif., passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, after a brief illness.
John will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
John, son of the late John Elliott Kurz Sr. and Myrtle Snellings Kurz of Falmouth, was born in Fredericksburg on March 29, 1935.
John graduated from Stafford High School, Class of 1953, and received his bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech. He continued his advanced studies in computer science at George Washington University. John was an enthusiastic student and shared his knowledge by being a mentor to many friends and relatives.
He began his career as a high school math teacher and guidance counselor. He retired from the Federal Reserve Board as a systems analyst, but continued his career as a computer consultant for both private and government agencies. In those roles he received numerous commendations for software development and design.
John enjoyed traveling, music and politics, but most of all, he loved and enjoyed his time with his children and grandchildren. He took great pride and interest in their endeavors and offered his support in many ways. He also enjoyed being involved in community improvement activities.
John was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ellen Southworth Kurz. He is survived by his son, Brent Kurz, (Carol) of Virginia; his daughters, Linda Hughes Thomason (Rick) of Maryland and Laurie Kurz of Colorado. Also, he is survived by his sister, Judith Simmons (Bob) of Maryland; his brother, Vernon Kurz (Nancy) of Delaware; his grandchildren, Alex Kurz, Brittany Raymond, Claude Hughes, Bruce Perry Jr., Juliana Kurz and Gussie Oswald; three nieces; two nephews; and numerous cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date and burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to Falmouth Baptist Church Music Ministry, 302 Colonial Ave., Falmouth, Va. 22405.
His family acknowledges and thanks Teresita Galang of Celeste Care Home in San Mateo, Mills Peninsula Hospital, Unit 4E, and the "No One Dies Alone" program for their compassionate care.