Jack M. Kurtzman, a World War II veteran and retired senior examiner for the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, died Saturday in Lakewood Health Care Center, Town of Hamburg. He was 85.
Born in Corry, Pa., he moved to Buffalo at an early age with his mother and stepfather. He graduated from Bennett High School and attended Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
On Jan. 1, 1942, he married Rita M. Clabeaux. In 1952, the family moved to Hamburg.
As a young man, he was active in Boy Scouts and the Sons of the American Legion. In 1940, he enlisted in the Army with the 106th Field Artillery and was stationed at Fort McClellan, Ala.
After the war, Mr. Kurtzman worked as a counselor for the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs and later was a supervisor of field services for the Civil Service Employees Association.
He was a member of Hamburg Post 527, American Legion; Fraternal Lodge 625, Free & Accepted Masons; Ismailia Shrine and its Legion of Honor; Valley of Buffalo Consistory; and Clan Donald USA.
Survivors include two sons, retired Lt. Col. Jack R. of China Lake, Maine, and Theodore of Orchard Park, and five grandchildren.