POLAND, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Robert “Bob” Stephen Kurta, age 78, of Poland, Ohio passed away on Monday, April 18, 2022, at home with his family by his side, after a brave battle with Alzheimer’s.  

He was born on April 22, 1943 in Youngstown, Ohio to the late Stephen and Margaret (Rakocy) Kurta.

Bob had a profound love for his country, proudly serving in the United States Air Force from 1963-1967 guarding nuclear missiles.

He spent the next 42 years in the manufacturing business, specifically in the steel mill industry.

Bob adored his wife, loved nothing more than being with his family and raising his children. He taught his children the most valuable lessons in life, honesty and a good work ethic. You could always depend on Bob to catch every Cleveland Indians game that his schedule allowed. 

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Kathy (Boos); children, Robert (Lori) Kurta, Michael (Stefanie) Kurta and Stephanie (Aaron) Troyer; his grandchildren, who knew him as the most fun-loving Papa, Robert, Michael, Alex, Luke and Kathryn; siblings, Kathy (Tom) Szush, Stephen “Dibby” (Linda) Kurta, Bonnie Pitko and Rosemary (Jack) Sulik and brother-in-law and partner in crime, Jack Sulik, as they were the modern-day Felix and Oscar. 

Besides his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Kurta, Larry (Barbara) Roberts and Frank Roberts. 

The family would like to extend their heartful thank you to Southern Care Hospice, specifically, Anthony Donnadio, Joni Thompson and Barb Cross. 

Friends are invited to celebrate Catholic Mass at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Holy Family Parish, Poland, Ohio, followed by a luncheon in the church’s Parish Center where friends and family will celebrate Bob’s life. 

Arrangements by Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat, Inc. Share memories or condolences by visiting cremateohio.com

A television tribute will air Thursday, April 21 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.