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Kurt Alan Younker

November 7, 1962 ~ June 12, 2018 (age 55)

Kurt A. Younker was born on November 7, 1962 in Joliet, Illinois to Doris McClelland Younker and Edward (Ed) L. Younker. As the second child, Kurt admired his older brother, Kenneth (Ken) Younker, and remained close to him throughout their lives. Ken currently resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Doris is currently married to Durwood Frazier and they reside in Boca Raton, Florida.

Having moved from Los Gatos, California in 1967, Kurt grew up and lived primarily in Boca Raton, Florida. He attended Addison Mizner Elementary School, Boca Raton Community Middle School, and Boca Raton Community High School. Graduating Florida State University in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Kurt’s career flourished in the banking industry primarily at Comerica Wealth Management as Senior Vice President, Southeast Regional Manager, and Private Banking Group Manager at the Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton locations. Recently, Kurt worked independently as a full-time trader in the financial markets.

Kurt met his wife, Suzanne (Sue) Murray Younker, at Florida State University in 1985 at the FSU Tae Kwon Do Club. Kurt and Suzanne married almost 24 years ago on November 5, 1994. They have two children, Lauren N. Younker, age 22, and Garrett C. Younker, age 20. As a devoted father, Kurt was very active in their lives as a role model, confidant, teacher, advisor, and friend. Kurt was extremely proud of his children; Lauren currently is a graduate student at the George Washington University and Garrett is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida.

Those who knew Kurt would agree that he always sought opportunities to be thrilled and challenged by life. While attending FSU, Kurt completed leadership training in the U.S. Army Reserve as an E4 Specialist in 1986. Advanced training led to Kurt’s accomplishment as an Intelligence Soldier and member of the Intelligence Corps. Soon after, Kurt became a paratrooper with the 1st Battalion Airborne completing over 20 jumps at bases such as Fort Bragg and Fort Devons. Kurt was honorably discharged as a E5 Sergeant in 1993.

With his family, Kurt enjoyed many family vacations to the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium. However, the family favorite was Vail, Colorado where they spent many years snow skiing, snowboarding, river rafting, camping, and hiking. The most unique trips with “bragging rights” were to Pamplona, Spain where Kurt actively participated in Running with the Bulls for a total of 6 times, including three times with his son Garrett. Kurt will always carry a scar on his back from a “close one.”

While Kurt’s spirit was determined and adventurous, he was gentle and loving to his family and the family pets, especially his cat, Fredo, rescued from the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption. Kurt and Freddo became best friends. Many nights they watched TV together; Kurt never minding an occasional hair “grooming” by Fredo as both preferred to be clean and neat.

Kurt will be truly missed by his family and friends. His personal influence on his wife, children, mother, brother, and all those who have met him will live on with them forever in their lives. As the days pass by, the family hopes that memories of Kurt will continue to be present during casual conversations beginning with, “Remember when Kurt….”

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 4-8pm at the funeral home with a prayer service and eulogies at 7:00pm.  The funeral Mass will be at 11:00 on Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Church followed by Military Funeral Honors.  

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in Kurt's memory to the Broward County Animal Care & Adoption Center.


Donations may be made to:

Broward County Animal Care & Adoption
2400 S.W. 42 Street, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33312
Web: http://broward.org


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