Kurt W. Eglseder

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EAS­TON —Kurt Will­son Eglseder, 51, passed away on Thurs­day, Oct. 13, 2016, at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Eas­ton. He died as a re­sult of com­pli­ca­tions from a sud­den and acute blood in­fec­tion. His fam­ily was with him when he passed away.

Kurt was born on Feb. 1, 1965, at The Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Eas­ton. Kurt is the son of Lud­wig J. Eglseder, Jr., M.D. of Trappe, MD and Ruth M. Al­ger of Eas­ton, MD.

Kurt at­tended Tal­bot County public schools, grad­u­at­ing from St. Michaels Se­nior High School in 1983. Kurt was a good ath­lete. At St. Michaels High School, he played var­sity soccer and base­ball and was on the wrestling and chess teams. He was the vale­dic­to­rian of his class.

Kurt was awarded a full aca­demic schol­ar­ship to Wash­ing­ton and Lee Univer­sity in Lex­ing­ton, Vir­ginia, where he at­tended his fresh­man year. He was back at home for a short time frame and sub­se­quently en­listed in the United States Navy. He did his ba­sic train­ing at the Re­cruit Train­ing Com­mand at Great Lakes, Illi­nois. While there, he was rec­om­mended by sev­eral of­fi­cers in his di­rect chain of com­mand to re­ceive a nom­i­na­tion for an ap­point­ment to the United States Naval Academy from the Sec­re­tary of the Navy. Kurt was of­fered an ap­point­ment by then Sec­re­tary of the Navy, John F. Lehman Jr. and be­gan his stud­ies at the Naval Academy in the sum­mer of 1986. He was con­sis­tently at or near the top of his class dur­ing his time in An­napo­lis. While there, he par­tic­i­pated in an ex­change pro­gram with the Aus­tralian De­fence Force Academy. He had a good time while he was “down un­der”. Kurt was al­ways known for be­ing so very kind and thought­ful. In the sum­mer be­tween his ju­nior and se­nior year, the Navy sent him on a mil­i­tary cruise in the Mediter­ranean. While in port in Is­rael, he went to the River Jor­dan and brought back wa­ter to be used in the bap­tism of his first nephew, Matthew. He grad­u­ated in the spring of 1990 and re­ceived his com­mis­sion in the United States Navy. From there, he at­tended nu­clear power school in Or­lando, Florida and Gro­ton, Con­necti­cut. Kurt com­pleted his ca­reer with the Navy as an of­fi­cer aboard two bal­lis­tic mis­sile sub­marines, first the USS Henry L. Stim­son and then the USS Mar­i­ano G. Vallejo.

Af­ter he sep­a­rated from the ser­vice, Kurt lived in Yakima, Wash­ing­ton. He had com­pleted his first year of law school at the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton School of Law. In Septem­ber 1997, sev­eral weeks be­fore he was to be­gin his sec­ond year of law school, Kur t was in a car ac­ci­dent near his home. His car struck sev­eral horses, de­stroy­ing his car. His ac­ci­dent oc­curred very close to the home of a min­is­ter who had been a corps­man dur­ing the Viet­nam War. Within min­utes, this won­der­ful man was tend­ing to Kurt’s needs and was with him un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rived.

As a re­sult of his ac­ci­dent, Kurt suf­fered a trau­matic brain in­jury. He was in a coma for sev­eral months and spent most of the next year be­tween var­i­ous vet­eran’s hos­pi­tals and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters. Shortly there­after, he re­turned to Mary­land and lived with fam­ily dur­ing his long and dif­fi­cult re­cov­ery. It took two years, but he pro­gressed to the point where he could live on his own.

Af­ter his re­turn to Mary­land, Kurt was first given the dig­nity of work by In­no­va­tive Health Ser­vices here in Eas­ton. In re­cent years, he worked part time for both the Tal­bot County YMCA and the Safe­way. His work was very im­por­tant to him and he dearly loved the peo­ple with whom he worked.

Kurt vol­un­teered at the church of­fice at St. Mark’s, where he was also an usher and taught Sun­day school. He also vol­un­teered for the af­ter school pro­gram at the YMCA.

Kurt was filled with grace. He re­mem­bered his old life and never once com­plained about what hap­pened to him. He was so very kind and thought­ful. He was very funny and a very good con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist. He wrote great cards and let­ters. It will be dif­fi­cult to never again see him walk­ing down Wash­ing­ton Street on his way to and from work.

His fam­ily is so grate­ful for all of the kind­ness that ev­ery­one has extended to Kurt over the past 18 years. He was an in­spi­ra­tion to many and a great ex­am­ple of a life well-lived. He will be greatly missed and we are so grate­ful that he was loved by so many. Thank you from the bot­tom of our hearts.

Kurt was pre­ceded in death by his step­fa­ther, Shirley K. Al­ger.

Kurt is sur­vived by his beloved son and light of his life, Ti­mothy. In ad­di­tion to his son, Kurt is sur­vived by his par­ents and his step­mother, Bon­nie. Kurt is also sur­vived by three broth­ers: Ludy and his wife, Kim; Matt and his wife, Kathy; Scott and his wife, Julie. He loved his nieces and and neph­ews: Aaron and Sarah; Bran­don, Kristin and Cory; Matthew and Caro­line; David, Jenika and Josh. He was also a great un­cle to Ai­den, Gavin, Lilly, Jack­son and Corbin.

Visi­ta­tion with the fam­ily will be held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Eas­ton on Fri­day, Oct. 21, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kurt’s me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at St. Mark’s on Sat­ur­day, Oct. 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. In­ter­ment will take place at the colum­bar­ium at the United States Naval Academy on the Sev­ern River at a later date.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made ei­ther to the Brain In­jury As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land, 2200 Ker­nan Drive, Bal­ti­more, MD 21207 or the char­ity clos­est to your heart.

On­line con­do­lences and tributes may be made at fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com.

KURT W. EGLSEDER

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