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Obituary of James L. Kurten
James L. Kurten
A wonderful and loving husband, uncle and friend, James L. Kurten passed September 22, 2020. Predeceased by his parents LeRoy and Elva Lee Ann Kurten, brothers, John Robbins and LeRoy (Skip) Kurten. Survived by his beloved wife of 35 years Donna, her mother Patricia Bolling (Dan Rowcliffe), Sisters, Janet Crosswaite and Dorothy Wilt (Dave), Sister-in-law Christine Bolling, Nieces, Patti Giglio, Carrie Hull, Pam Wolf, Jeanne Smith, Nephews, Steve, Eric and John Robbins, Eddie Bolling, Jeff Crosswaite, Mark and Doug Wilt, Michael Kurten, numerous great nieces and nephews and very dear friends.
Jim was a proud Army Veteran and retired millwright from Delco Products. Jim loved adventure and had many passions throughout his life including drag racing, skydiving, Harleys and in later years touring the country with his wife Donna and dog Pickle in their RV, and weekend camping trips with his great niece and nephew Liesl and Karl Unvericht.
Jim loved and cared deeply for those fortunate to be part of his life and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Per NYS regulations, all guests are required to wear face masks and hand sanitize upon entering the funeral home.
Visitation Tuesday September 29, 11-1 with funeral service to follow at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home 1411 Vintage Lane (Between Rt. 390 & Long Pond Rd.). Click here to reserve your visitation time with James's family
Graveside service with military honors immediately following at 2:30 Garland Cemetery 7743 West Ridge Rd, Clarkson, 14420.
In lieu of flowers friends may make contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Jim.
The Story of James L Kurten
Jim was born in DuBois PA on August 5, 1939 to LeRoy and Elva Lee Ann Kurten. He grew up with 3 older siblings John, Janet, and LeRoy (Skip) and younger sister Dottie. Jim’s love of music began as a child as he sat with his family listening to his Dad and uncle’s band and his Mom play piano. Throughout his life, he enjoyed all kinds of music, but his favorite was bluegrass; and in later years enjoyed traveling to bluegrass festivals around the country.
Jim joined the Army just days after his 17th birthday and spent his next birthday guarding the 38th parallel. When he reenlisted for a second tour, Jim was assigned to the Army Corp of Engineers stationed in Germany. He proudly served his county and flew Old Glory at home, on his Harley and at many campsites around the country.
After leaving the Army, Jim moved to Rochester and began his career at Delco Products retiring as a Millwright/Welder 36 years later. He was meticulous and took great pride in his work. He also enjoyed sharing his knowledge to help others learn his trade.
Jim loved adventure and had many passions throughout his life. In his early years he enjoyed the thrill of drag racing his Plymouth ‘Kurten Rod’ at Niagara. He later turned to skydiving and had over 500 jumps before retiring his chute. He also loved riding his Harleys and in his later years touring the country with his wife Donna and their dog Pickle in their RV. Jim made friends easily and almost always invited them over for one of his famous 100 Proof Old Granddad Bourbon Sours (2-2-1 and a dash) to toast their friendship. He especially loved traveling out west to visit family in AZ and NM, and south to visit the Great Smokey Mountains and family in TN. Jim was lifetime member of (HOG) Harley Owners Group and the NRA, as well as a lifelong NY Yankees fan.
Jim loved and cared deeply for those fortunate enough to be part of his life. He was witty and had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends. Indubitably!