Kurt John Lesker III, a man who truly loved every moment of life, was surrounded by his children and loving wife when he passed away on October 24th. He died at the age of 66 after a courageous battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. A Pittsburgh native, Kurt grew up in Whitehall and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1967. His yearbook has him listed as “handsome and popular”…that never changed. Kurt’s relentless sense of adventure and joy of life was infectious to everyone he knew, and through them his SPIRIT will live on.
Kurt III’s father founded Kurt J. Lesker Company (KJLC), a science based technology and equipment business, in 1954. Kurt III left Rockwell International and joined the company in 1979 as President. Over the past 36 years Kurt’s vision and leadership have been instrumental in expanding KJLC from a regional distributor into an international manufacturer. He opened offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia, which has been key in allowing the company to compete in a global marketplace. As a respected global business leader he was nominated for several entrepreneurship awards and served on a variety of boards. Kurt was extremely proud of his KJLC family for their role in enabling technology for a better world.
Kurt received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University in 1971 and MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1976. He was a Lieutenant JG in the United States Navy and served on the USS Lowry from 1971-1974, during the Vietnam War. He was also an instrument rated pilot with over 2500 hours, a licensed scuba diver, avid mountaineer and skier, motorcycle enthusiast, and C-licensed soccer coach.
Kurt was the beloved and cherished husband of Cindy Bland Lesker for 42 years, a loving father to Kristin (Joe) Eisel, Kurt IV (Laura) Lesker, Jenna (Nick) Lloyd, fun-loving Pap Pap to Monti, Giavanna, & Brooklyn Eisel, and The Dogfather of Moxie, Bogey, and Charlie. He was the son of the late Kurt Jr. and Virginia Lesker, the brother of Mark (Bonnie) Lesker and Lisa (Michael) Bevenour, and son-in-law of Evelyn and the late Ray Bland. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and incredibly good friends.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lesker family.