Lt. Col. Matthew T. Kurzawa
Matthew T. Kurzawa, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), 91, of Panama City, Fla., passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, surrounded by loved ones.
He is survived by wife of nearly 62 years, Laura; five children, Mark Kurzawa (Marcia), Barbara K. Stone (Don), Michael Duffy, Coleen Duffy, and Debra Duffy; 13 amazing grandchildren, Elizabeth and Caroline Kurzawa, Joshua Kamrass, Zachary Kamrass, Jacob Kamrass, Seth Kamrass, Shannon Duffy, Kevin Duffy, Patrick Duffy, Caitlin Vickery, Ryan Seifert, Alyson Seifert, and Stephanie Seifert; and one great-granddaughter, Riley Ann Jaen.
Matt was a man of honor who had a deep love of family and country. He had a long and distinguished military career serving in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
He graduated from the University of Connecticut and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force.
He continued his education throughout his military career earning additional degrees from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and St. Mary’s College, San Antonio, Texas.
After retirement from the Air Force, he started a new and successful career as a real estate broker in Clearwater, Fla. Following his second retirement, he and Laura returned to Panama City 30 years ago, dividing their time between Panama City and their Cherry Log mountain home.
Matt was outgoing by nature; he was an avid golfer who enjoyed playing with his buddies, “The Creepy Crawlers,” at White Path Golf Club in Ellijay.
Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his beautiful wife, Laura, his family and his dog.
He enjoyed the beach, boating, gardening, reading, playing board games, working Sudoku puzzles and watching UConn women’s basketball. He enjoyed eating all the delicious desserts that Laura baked for him, making sure nothing went to waste/waist.
He was recognized for over 25 years of volunteer service with AARP Tax Aide. He was a lifelong member of MOA/ TROA, having served in various capacities, including past president and membership chairman.
Catholic Rite of Passage was held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Deacon Tim Warner officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Covenant Hospice of Northwest Florida.