Longtime Napa resident Frederick Kurt Eid passed away on February 20, 2018 at the age of 95. He was born in Kirn, Germany on October 6, 1922. His parents were Rudolf and Ella Elizabeth Eid.
Kurt, as he preferred to be called, had a long and fulfilling life and was healthy until shortly before his passing. He was a loving husband and father who worked hard to provide well for his family. His honesty, kindness, generosity and his calm temperament and charming smile will be missed by all who knew him.
Kurt immigrated to the U.S. at two and one half years of age with his parents and his older brother Rudolf. The family immediately settled in St. Helena where his father started a thriving meat market. Kurt attended St. Helena schools, ran track at St. Helena High School and graduated in 1940. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II and returned to the Napa Valley after serving in the South Pacific.
Kurt began his post-war career by enrolling in a four year apprenticeship program at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo. He graduated from the program and was hired as a machinist at Mare Island. Montgomery Ward was his next stop before starting his career at Wells Fargo Bank. At the same time, he completed his studies at Napa College and received his Associate of Arts degree. After a few promotions, Kurt transferred to the Wells Fargo head office in San Francisco while continuing to live in Napa with his family. Kurt enjoyed a prosperous and fulfilling career at Wells Fargo and retired in April 1993 after 29 years of service.
Kurt and his wife Rose enjoyed 25 years of square dancing and they traveled extensively with Napa College Trips. One of his most memorable trips was visiting his third cousin in Germany and returning to the home he lived in as a child.
Kurt was a farmer at heart and grew any and every kind of vegetable imaginable and was very proud of his multiple award winning elephant garlic at the Napa Town and Country Fair. He shared the bounty of his garden with his family, friends and neighbors.
Kurt volunteered at every level with his children—Fly League baseball, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Napa youth bowling and was always a staunch supporter of the PTA and the Irene Snow Elementary School carnivals. He bowled in the SIRS league for many years and enjoyed his membership in SIRS 105 and was a loyal supporter of the Napa chapter of The Hard of Hearing Association.
After retirement, Kurt and his wife Rose enjoyed the luncheon meetings with his Wells Fargo Retiree Network in San Francisco. He loved sports and was a dedicated Warriors, 49ers and Giants fan.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rose; his older son, Dennis; daughter-in-law, Michelle; younger son, Craig; nephew, Erik; and nieces, Patti, Sandi and Paula.
Special thanks to the neighbors—especially Jeanne, Juan, Jackie and Chris.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Queen of The Valley Hospital Foundation.
Private family services were held under the direction of Treadway and Wigger Funeral Chapel. Committal was Friday, February 23, 2018 in Tulocay Cemetery with full Military Honors offered by the United States Coast Guard.
Thanks for the memories Dad!