Obituary of Kurt Scheel
Kurt Scheel, of Middletown, RI passed away at home on Saturday, July 25, 2020 after a short, but brave fight with cancer. He was born September 25, 1960 in Wilton, CT. Grew up playing tennis competitively while learning carpentry skills from his father, a master builder. He was a skilled tree cutter. Car and motorcycle racing were an early, and life-long passion. Kurt was preparing his Ducati 999 Super-bike for a final ride at the time of his death. Kurt moved to Newport in 1999 to work building a custom yacht. He met the love of his life and spent his last 21 years here together.
Kurt is preceded in death by both parents: Sylvia Jackson and Monroe Scheel; and also, his brother Grayham Scheel.
He leaves behind Donna Benisch; his partner, and her daughter Jessica Whetstone – nephews Justin and Kevin in Florida, and cousins Jackie and Jeanette in Canada.
Kurt was artistic and creative. A true “Lefty”. He could build or repair anything. He was a motorcycle enthusiast with many a road trip over the years. A fast and furious rider. He will be missed by his many friends near and far. Ride on Kurt.
Calling Hours will be held Thursday, July 30 from 3-6 pm at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport. A reception will follow at the VFW Post 4487 in Middletown. Plants are preferred in lieu of flowers. Donations accepted to PO Box 443, Newport, RI 02840.
Plants are preferred in lieu of flowers. Donations accepted to PO Box 443, Newport, RI 02840.
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