Kurt James Papenfus

Bay City, Michigan
March 9, 1964 - March 4, 2021

Service Location

Crestview Markey Cemetery ~ Roscommon


Kurt will be laid to rest with a memorial service on March 8, 2021 at 1 pm at the Crestview Markey Cemetery in Roscommon County with Reverend Kris Kappler officiating.

Obituary Notice

Kurt James Papenfus, of Bay City, formally of East Tawas, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at the age of 56 years. Kurt was born on March 9, 1964 in Flint , Michigan to James and Diane ( Leach) Papenfus . After high school , Kurt graduated from Northwood University. His career was at Michigan National as Vice President of Operations. Kurt loved to chase the sunshine. He had a passion for traveling, boating, and skiing. He also enjoyed cooking and photography. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. Kurt is survived by his mother , Diane Papenfus; One brother , Kraig Papenfus; 2 sisters, Kristen Wilson and Kelly ( Jerry ) Johnson; step -daughter Danielle ; Nieces and nephews, Shannon Vorhees, Lane Self, Katelyn Papenfus, Danielle Day and Brooke Johnson. Kurt was proceeded in death by his father , James Papenfus. Kurt will be laid to rest with a memorial service on March 8, 2021 at 1 pm at the Crestview Markey Cemetery in Roscommon County with Reverend Kris Kappler officiating. Memorials may be directed to cancer research in memory of Kurt.


Memorials may be directed to cancer research in memory of Kurt.


Crestview Markey Cemetery ~ Roscommon


With a sad heart sorry to hear of the passing of Kurt. may he rest in the arms of the lord. rest in peace Kurt. prayers for the family
— janet coyer
I work with Kurt at Michigan National Bank in Bank operation Center ( Livonia ) I will miss him !! My condolences to Papenfus family.
RIP Kurt !!
— Suresh Valsangkar
Condolences to Kristen, Diane and family. Rest in peace my friend.
— Cindy Beach Ryan
My condolences to the Papenfus family. I had the pleasure of working with Kurt (and Brenda) at Michigan National. He was a great guy and friend.
— Jon Evenson
Dear Diane, Kelly, Kristin, Kraig & families, you are all in our thoughts & prayers. So sorry for the loss of Kurt. Trusting that he & Jim are reunited and at peace in Heaven! May the same God grant you all peace as well. Sending you our love & long distance hugs!
— Mike & Marsha Herrick
Kurt, you were my travel buddy who we went on adventures to create memories to last a lifetime. I was 22 and you were 19. I lied to my Dad and told him my work was moving me from Tawas to Midland. We were Michigan National Bank buddies, you, Me and Jeff Dodson. (He is waiting up there in the heavens for you to start shaking up the clouds with you) You were kind enough to allow me to rent a room in your apartment for about 6 months till I found my own place. I was your roommate in downtown Midland when you lived above Casa Del Rey. Gee, how many nights did we crawl up those stairs to our apartment after we had too many margaritas? We took our first trip to Ft Lauderdale Florida, we drove & got lost in Miami. You were 21 & I was 24, not a fear in the world driving around the streets of Mee-iami. The next year we went to Montiago Bay Jamaica & let a young 10 year old local boy give us a "what we were told would be 30 minutes, "4 hour walking tour through the streets of Montiago Bay. Gee, I must of had about 100 locals ask me, "Do you have any ganja"? I did not know what that was initially, however learned very quickly from the scent in the air. We rented mopeds and drove from Monteago Bay To Negril. I wiped out and skid down the road and you just wanted my picture, wait, did you ask if I was ok?, Yup, after you got the picture. We all laughed.😛
The next year we went to St Croix in the Virgin Islands and we rented a jeep and drove in the mountains thru 12 foot tall grass...Gee, did we even know we could of easily drove over a cliff.🤔. Then drove thru the rain forest and watched the locals play their steel drums. Till this day, every time I see a movie with rain Forest, I think of this moment with you my friend. The next year we went back to Jamaica and walked the falls at Ochios Rios. The next year we went to The Bahamas with all our work friends. Oh Kurt we created such fond, happy, loving memories. We both moved on and created our own families and kept distant contact. The heavens have gained an angel. You are now with Brenda, your Dad and Jeff. Shake up those clouds and rattle those Pearly gates. Until we see each other again, I send much love to you. Kristen, I'm sending BIG BIG hugs to you.
— Pamela Novik-Bell
All my love goes out to the Papenfus family. Some of the best days of my life were spent on the water and in the sun with Kurt and Kristen and friends. He will be dearly missed. Rest In Peace sweet Kurt. Until we meet again. Nikki
— Nikki Stilwell
ESPECIALLY HIS MOTHER !!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU ALL !!!!!AMEN"""" Doug & Carol !!!!!!!
— Doug Stephenson
We are so sorry to hear of Kurt's passing. Keeping the Papenfus family in our thoughts & prayers.
— Traci & Bill Yax
Papenfus family all--So sorry to hear about Kurt's passing. He fought the good fight and will be sadly missed by all. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all.
— Roger Spencer
Sincere condolences to all the family from Sarah, Sue and me. We will remember you in our prayers.
— John Alexander
Diane and family, so very sorry to hear of Kurt's passing. My thoughts and prayers to all of you. Love, Joe
— Joe Wakeley
Oh Diane, and kids.. Another great loss to all of you.. Losing a child is such a devastation. I’m expecting that he was met,with open arms by. His dad, and they’re talking boats and such, together. You have my deepest sympathy. I saw a quote the other day that I will be remembering,,,I’ll share it here...’Love is stronger than death, and longer than life”...I’m sure he was a well loved man. Blessings
— MaryJane Schofield
Diane so sorry to hear about Kurt passing may god be with you and the rest of the family
— Mike and Diane Schulte
The Papenfus family is in our hearts. We are affected in your grief and wish healing and peace for you all.
— Art & Cindy Wakeley
Diane and family, so sorry to hear about Kurt, my prayers are with you all.
— Lillian Engle
Diane I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. The pain of losing a child is so great, my prayers are with you and your family. RIP Kurt.
— June Scott

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