Nov 4, 1974 - Nov 12, 2021
Friday, December 3, 2021
An open house invitation is extended to those that knew Kurt and his family on Friday, December 3rd,2021 From 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
Memorial donations may be made in Kurt’s name to STARS.
Kurt Gerald Kipling, a loving husband, proud father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend; devoted to and highly skilled in each of his endeavours. Some may know him as Weasel, Kurty Boy, or Kurty Angel. However you remember him or whomever he was to you, everyone can agree that he was an incredibly hard-working, loving, kind man. We will forever cherish Kurt’s life by remembering the warmth and kindness of his being, celebrating the great life he had although it ended much too soon.
Kurt was born in High River, Alberta on November 4, 1974, to Murray and Hazel Kipling. Kurt passed away November 12th, 2021 in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.
Kurt is survived by his loving wife Denise; son, Braden (Briann); step-children, Kayla and Dax (Kiara); brothers, Russel and Kevin; cousins, Warren, Shane, and Clinton. Kurt will be dearly missed by other family members and many wonderful friends and neighbours. Kurt was predeceased by his parents Murray and Hazel Kipling.
Kurt’s son Braden was born on June 17th, 2000. Kurt worked hard to provide for his family which entailed working away from home often. Kurt always carried a photo of his son with him and many photos would need to be replaced as they wore out. At all times he had a picture in his truck of his “little sunshine” aka his “little stinker,” Braden. You can tell by the really worn-out pictures which ones Kurt carried around.
Kurt spent most of his life in Sylvan Lake, where his mother and father already had earned a reputation of being hard-working in the local lumber business. Kurt completed his schooling in Sylvan Lake and then proceeded to Red Deer College where he studied to be a heavy-duty mechanic.
Kurt was a dedicated worker from an early age, starting his first lawn care business very early in life. Kurt then turned his focus to the oilfield sector starting at Delta Cats where he apprenticed as a heavy-duty mechanic. He then moved on from Delta and found work with Chief Pipelines in Zama City. After a short time at Chief he wanted to get home and be closer to family so he found work at a local aggregate and landscaping company, The Rock Shop. From there he was relentlessly recruited by Bullseye Directional Drilling where he quickly rose from an apprentice to a Directional Drill Operator and Crew Foreman. He further continued in this role with Eveready Directional Drilling and Clean Harbors Directional Drilling, respectively. In 2009, Kurt was recruited by Crossfire Directional Drilling for the position of Operator and Crew Foreman. Shortly after, Kurt was promoted to Operations Manager and continued in that position for several years.
Over the years, Kurt met many great friends and co-workers who were so very dear to him. He loved the directional drilling business. So many people would call asking for his advice as he was the man to talk to regarding many facets of the drilling industry, including the repair and maintenance of most everything that was involved. His expertise also extended into many other areas including construction and fabrication. Kurt loved working during these years and the skills, numerous friends and colleagues he created along the way would help to define who he was.
Kurt also played hard. In the early years, Kurt spent countless hours at the arcade playing pool, foosball and video games. Young Kurt loved to go hunting for golf balls and he never really grew out of that! He loved playing golf and curling. Kurt had so many special memories and great times watching the Calgary Flames games, football, curling and golf. It didn’t matter the weather or if the event was live in front of him or on TV, he loved most things sports. Kurt would often (jokingly) fantasize about playing a role in key decisions facing his favourite teams. We’re quite certain he was imminently close to heading between the pipes for the Flames on several occasions.
Kurt was known to have a deep affection for animals. He owned many pets in his life and adored each of them. He was also known to extend this affection to the pets of his family and friends and had a unique, connected and endearing way of interacting with them.
Kurt was able to take part in the chuckwagon world for many years. When he was with Delta, they sponsored Norm Cuthbertson and Kurt got the opportunity to ride with him. It was an amazing experience for Kurt and he cherished his involvement. Years later he got to ride with Dorchester in the Crossfire wagon, creating more fond memories for Kurt.
So much time through the years has been spent in the garage with Kurt. He loved his vehicles, always looking after them so well. Kurt loved just tinkering in the garage but it was always a place to gather for a visit and a beverage. “I’m not much of a drinker, but one wouldn’t hurt.” Kurt enjoyed keeping in touch with people, he loved talking on the phone with co-workers, friends and family. There is a common theme among those closest to Kurt, he loved to talk to them on the phone, and oh could he talk! Pacing was an integral part of these conversations, so much so that his pathways had notable wear. We have all heard so many of the stories that Kurt loved to tell. How many have you heard?
We could tell our own stories for hours, there are so many great memories to choose from. We all have unique interactions with Kurt that will always be close to our hearts. Kurt was loved and he loved people.
Kurt, look around at all of your family and friends that love you so much! Now rest in peace, we love you. We will miss you and you will forever be in our hearts. Thank you for being you and the joy you brought to those around you.
Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Sylvan Lake and Rocky Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 887 2151
I am sad to learn of Kurts passing. My condolences to Denise and family. Special shout out to Warren. Kurt will be missed.
I am so sorry to hear of Kurt’s passing. Way to young. My sincere sympathies to you Denise and the families.
So sorry to hear about Kurt. My thoughts are with all of the family.
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