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Obituary for Kurtis D. Torell

Kurtis Dale Torell of Poughkeepsie, NY passed away at the age of 63, on January 2, 2021. He
departed peacefully in his sleep from Covid-19 in the comforts of his home. Kurtis was born on
March 26, 1957 to parents Raymond and Elizabeth (Betty) Torell. His father worked at
Greenhaven Prison, and his mother was a homemaker.
Kurtis graduated from Spackenkill High School in 1976 and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1978. In
1985, he met his wife in California and married the following year. He earned his Associates
degree from Yuba City College. After serving 20 years in the USAF, he retired to his hometown.
Throughout his years of service, he frequently traveled and was stationed at several AFB
commands around the world.
He reliably started his day with the morning newspaper and a cup of coffee. His TV
undoubtedly displayed sports or the news, as he enjoyed keeping up with current events. He
was a loyal sports fan and loved the NY Giants, Mets, Knicks and Rangers. He loved teasing
his children when his sports teams conquered theirs. He loved music, especially Queen,
Journey, and Aerosmith. He also had a passion for bowling and was a member of a bowling
league for several years.
He is survived by his parents Ray and Betty Torell of Poughkeepsie, NY, wife Dona Torell of
West Sacramento, CA, sister Darlene (Dieter) Kraemer of Ovid, NY, children Shannon Torell of
Sacramento, CA and Jonathan and Robert Torell of West Sacramento, CA, step-daughter
Angelique (Richard) Kim of Santa Clara, CA and granddaughter Phoenix Torell of Wilmington,
NC. He is also survived by his two nieces Stacey Fatica of Baltimore, MD, and Melissa Miller of
Rochester, NY, and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
Service honoring Kurtis’ memory will be held at a future date due to the pandemic. Burial to
take place at the Fishkill Rural Cemetery. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at