J. Kurt Beach, 68, of North Baltimore, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, June 13, 2019. He was born on June 4, 1951 to the late John J. Beach and Helen A. Beach (Emans) in Bluffton, Ohio. He would marry Rebecca S. (Huss) King in May 1970. They had two sons, Jeffery K. (Nicole) Beach of Forest, and preceded in death by their infant son, Jeremy J. Beach on November 20, 1974. Kurt would later marry Connie L. Beach (Huber) on July 6, 1976.
He is survived by his wife, Connie L. Beach; their two sons: Jonathan T. (Cherie) Beach of Rawson, and Chad C. (Amy) Beach of Findlay, Ohio; two brothers: Gary L. (Karen) Beach of Jenera, and Steven L. (Jean) Beach of Bluffton, Ohio; three sisters: Jonna (the late Clair) Hartman of Rawson, Jeanine (Cornelius) Hindall of Arlington, and Bonnie (the late Dale) Hector; and 9 grandchildren: Brooke, Schelby, Jarrod, Gavin, Clara, Caitlynn, Evan, Lindsey, and Allison.
He was preceded in death by his father, John J. Beach on January 19, 1982; and his mother, Helen A. Beach (Emans) on August 26, 2010.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Clair Hartman and Dale Hector, both of whom he dearly loved and respected for the tremendous impact they both had on his life.
Kurt was a 1969 Graduate of Cory-Rawson High School, where he was the class President and FFA Vice President. Kurt was also a Captain of the 1968, undefeated and unscored-upon, State Championship football team and was recognized as a First Team All-Conference Linebacker and Tight End and First Team All-Ohio Tight End.
He served in the United States Army from February 1971 to February 1977, where he received the Army Commendation Medal for service in Vietnam from July 1971 to April 1972.
Kurt was an employee of Whirlpool in Findlay for nearly 25 years. He then pursued an Engineering career, designing injection molding tools and products. In the early 90s, he patented and sold one of his own injection molding related inventions. Later in life, he founded an asphalt sealing company, Superior Sealing Ltd., operating to date with his son Jeff.
Kurt was an avid hunter, trapper, tracker, and marksman. He began hunting and trapping alone at 7 years old, and continued enjoying the outdoors throughout his entire life. He was happiest in the woods and deeply valued the natural habitat that Hancock County has to offer. He enjoyed hunting deer, squirrel, groundhogs, mink, muskrat, red fox, and coyotes. Some of his fondest memories were from hunting with his sons, grandkids, and his coon dog, “Patches.”
Kurt also enjoyed the outdoors by both watching and coaching youth sports. He coached Football, Baseball, and Soccer, with a passion to impact the lives of kids in ways that exceeded the game. He loved to see kids compete and succeed, both in and out of sports. This love for sports and competition carried over and he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren compete in sports and at the county fairs.
He never took life too seriously and would be quick to say during his own difficult times, “The sun will come up tomorrow.” Kurt learned the Love of God from his mother, Helen. He often had a smile on his face and was quick to mention God’s blessings and promises in any difficult or traumatic situation. He will be dearly missed by his Family and Friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington, with Pastor Mike McClurg officiating.
Burial will be held in Grove Cemetery, Kenton where the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad will present full military rites. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cory-Rawson Athletic Boosters and online condolences can be shared by visiting coldrencrates.com.