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Kurt A. Rumpler

April 24, 1952 ~ June 28, 2018 (age 66)

Troy -  Kurt A. Rumpler ,66 of Speigletown and Minneola, FL passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018  at his longtime home in Speigletown,  a result of a fearless battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his immediate and extended families and overlooked his verdant tree farm during his final days.

Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Carl J. Rumpler and son of Marion Muir of Troy and best friend and  beloved husband for 45 years to Karen Stevens Rumpler of Troy.

Raised and educated in Troy, he was an accomplished eagle scout, he was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School, class of 1970 and attended Northeastern University in Boston as a member of Delta Chi Fraternity.   From 1975-1978 he served Rennselaer County as Sheriff, Commissioner of Motor Vehicle (1978-84) and proudly as Assistant to the Rennselaer County Executive (Buono). Kurt later served  nine years in the State of New York Labor Department and eventually retired from the New York State Insurance Fund in 2008.  

Kurt was a lifelong professional in the service industry as a Bartender, working most notably at the Desmond Hotel, the Saratoga Race Track and various locations at Disney Florida resorts serving up laughter with his drinks and killing others with his jokes.  Kurt will be remembered as a gregarious, compassionate and generous man who treasured his family and friends.  He influenced those he met with his esteemed work ethic, steadfast altruism and relentless humor. He is remembered by many locals as the curator and proprietor of the K & K Christmas Tree Farm of Speigletown, NY. 

For the past 20 years, Kurt wintered in Minneola, Florida with his wife Karen and enjoyed traveling the world with her, directing group travel, meeting people of all walks and creating lasting memories.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Karen and mother Marion  his two sons Christian Rumpler of Orlando, FL and Marc J Rumpler (Tara), Nashville, TN  and two African Grey parrots, two  brothers Eric Rumpler of Troy and Todd Rumpler of Las Vegas, NV.  Altogether Kurt was a dedicated grandfather of six including Tyler R, Dylan (Hess), Hayleigh E, Carl J, Karsten J and Evelyn G Rumpler. Further, Kurt’s inherited and adored siblings by marriage include David Stevens, Bobby Stevens, Diane Heer, Darrin Stevens and Dean Heer and his mother in-law June Hansen Stevens all of Troy.

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh.

Relatives and friends may call on Sunday, prior to the service from 2 to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Friends are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life to be held on Monday, July 2, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hilltop Bowl, 40 Hansen Road, Troy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or The Community Hospice, 310 South Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208. Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.

Donations may be made to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856
Web: http://www.stjude.org/

The Community Hospice
310 South Manning Blvd., Albany NY 12208
Tel: 1-518-482-4433
Web: http://www.communityhospice.org/donate

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