Andrew Edmunds “Andy” Kurie - Alpine Avalanche: Obituaries

Andrew Edmunds “Andy” Kurie

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 12:00 pm

Andrew Edmunds “Andy” Kurie joined the heavenly kingdom on Nov. 17, 2019. He was 87.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Little Church of La Villita in San Antonio at 11a.m. Celebration of Life will be held in the Texas Room at Casa Rio from noon-3 p.m. Interment will follow at the Boerne Cemetery.

Andy was born on May 30, 1932, in Dallas, Texas to Katherine Doyle Edmunds Kurie and Charles Winfred Kurie III. He was raised in Boerne, and graduated from Boerne High School in 1951. Andy attended Sul Ross State University, and often talked about the lasting friendships he made there. In 1954 he received his Bachelor of Science in Geology from Sul Ross, and in 1956 his MA from the University of Texas at Austin.

He worked as a petroleum geologist for Pure Oil Company from 1956-1963, and as a geologist for the Utah State Department of Highways from 1964-1967. In 1968 he began working with Dow Chemical Company, and later DuPont, as a mining geologist, exploration superintendent, and then mine manager for LaDomincia S.A. de CV south of Marathon, Texas, in Mexico.

Until his retirement, he hosted groups of geology students from visiting Texas universities, and mentored others.  

On Feb. 14, 1970, Andy was married to Judith Ann Hankins at the Little Church of La Villita by his uncle, Rev. David W. Edmunds. They lived in Alpine, and then settled in Marathon, later opening Trip Saver Grocery. While Judy ran the store, Andy began a second career as owner/operator of Heath Canyon Ranch on the Rio Grande. 

Andy always enjoyed a snappy nap, a cold cerveza, and Mamacita. His grandchildren adored him. They spent holidays following him daily as he raised the U.S. flag each morning and lowered it in the evening. He patiently admired and identified the rocks they brought to him. 

He was preceded in death by Judy, his parents, and one grandchild, Christopher Kurie Roensch.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Kurie and wife Frances of Kermit, and Tommy Kurie and wife Alicia of Belleville; three daughters, Andrea Johnson of Marathon, Mary Kay Roensch and husband David of Collinsville, Oklahoma, and Teresa “Terri” Kruger and husband Joel of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren, Jeffrey, Bradley, Alyssa, and David Roensch, Samantha Vogel, Russell and Colten Johnson, and Lauren and Hayden Kurie, Amanda DeMartini; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Little Church of La Villita or to MD Anderson.