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Donald Kurtak Obituary

Donald   Kurtak
Kurtak, Donald

December 19, 1952 - February 6, 2018
Born in Canton, Ohio
Resided in Cleveland, Ohio


Donald Gene Kurtak, age 65, went home to be with his mother and brother on February 6, 2018. He was born on Dec 19, 1952 the first of five children for his mother Shirlee Fogel. He graduated from Timken High School and was drafted and served four years in the US Navy. Once he left the Navy, he travelled the nation seeing every state in the US except Hawaii before settling in Texas until 1987when he moved back to Ohio. He became a father for the first time in August of 1980 and again in July of 1984. He loved his family deeply and was always willing to help any chance he could. In 2009 he became a grandfather for the first time and again in 2014. He loved his grandchildren and had said they gave him a newfound purpose in life. He started to lose his eye sight in 2008 and eventually became blind but that didn’t stop him from enjoying life and living it to the fullest. He is survived by his four wonderful sisters, Kim (Kevin) Nodo, Karen (Dave) Bezon, Kelly Fogel and Patti Jones-Hoelzle; his two children, Grady Kurtak, and Amanda (Jessie) Black; and his two grandchildren Isabelle and Caleb. Memorial service will be held at Reed Funeral Home CANTON Chapel on Friday, Feb 16, 2018 and 11:30am and calling hours will start at 10:30am until the time of service at 11:30am. He will be laid to rest at the Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate to the Philomatheon Society of the Blind, as he was passionate about helping others with this issue as much as others had helped him. He will forever be missed and the days going forward will be just a little bit dimmer not having him in them to share them with. Please visit


Memorial Service
Reed Funeral Home
705 Raff Rd. SW
Canton, OH US 44710
Friday, February 16, 2018
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Friday, February 16, 2018
11:30 AM




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