October 11, 1925 - October 15, 2018 Michael Kurch passed away October 15, 2018. He was born on October 11,1925 to Anna Halchishak and J. Wasyl Kurch of Cleveland, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his siblings and his loving wife Joan E. Kurch (1984) Michael joined the United States Marine Corps, 1944 - 1957, serving proudly and honorably as a Gunnery Tech Sergeant (WWII & Korean); wounded twice, he received the Purple Heart. He left the service at the start of the Viet Nam war. Michael raised a Kama'aina blended family, well known for many years in the Wai Nani - Paoakalani area of Waikiki. Lovingly counting many of the areas families as extended family, to this day. Orthodox, Michael supported St. Augustin Catholic Church and School which became a family fixture. Michael and Joan raised their family, observing numerous rich traditions and heritage of the family, continuing to this day. Working for many old-time Hawai'i companies, Michael excelled in multiple specialties; Carpentry, Masonry, Plumbing, and Construction Supervision. A Marine, he diligently conquered adversity. He was a certified Electrician, his passion, for the majority of his life. He worked on the Wilson Tunnel and many major projects in Honolulu and Waikiki. For over thirty years Michael worked for the City and Country of Honolulu, and the Ala Moana Hotel. Retiring from both; leaving wonderful friends and more extended family. Surviving family: Francis Hapenney, William David, Michael Jeffery, Kaipoholialani Sean, Jane E. Champagne, M. Judith Kurch, and a large secession of family throughout Hawai'i and the Mainland; 31 Grandchildren, 58 Great Grandchildren, and 21 Great-Great Grandchildren and counting; numerous Nieces and Nephews and their families. He is also survived by a wonderful friend, Noelani Trinidad of Kirkalnd, Washington. Michael, was a truly amazing man, one of a kind. God absolutely created him to have a beautiful soul. His unconditional love, guidance, and quest to protect and uphold dignity was apparent and a major part of who he was. He was my best friend and a man, a person who I measure all others by; And, I find that should we be but one-tenth the person he was, we'd be successful beyond description. "I love you Poppy, more than words can say. You are greatly loved by many and your family holds you in our hearts for ever. Memorial eternal!" Services will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Mililani Mortuary, Downtown Chapel. Viewing: 9:00 a.m.; Orthodox Services: 10:00 a.m.; Lunch, 1:00 p.m. USMC, Orthodox, and Hawaiian graveside blessing and ceremony. Burial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Flowers and lei welcome.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased