Born February 16, 1960 in Kalamazoo, MI and died peacefully April 5, 2017 at Borgess Hospital after developing severe complications from heart problems. Kurtiss is the son of the late William C. Brown, and Lois (James) Richmond who survive him. He is also survived by his partner of 30 years, Pamela Wetzel of Kalamazoo; children, Jarrod Wetzel-Brown of Boston, MA, Connor Wetzel-Brown of Phoenix, AZ, Korey Brown and partner Aaron Morley of Grand Rapids, and Nicholas Barber of Detroit, MI, his siblings, Kevin Brown and Andrew Richmond of Kalamazoo and Emilie (Dean) Richmond-Ranzo of Sutton MA. Also surviving are Aunt Mary Lou (Bruce) Steele of Plainwell, MI, and Uncles; Russell (Alice) Hoyt of Richland, MI, John (Marcia) Richmond of Canadian Lakes, MI, and Mike (Betty) Brown of Kalamazoo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Kurtiss attended school in Comstock, MI and served in the US Army stationed in Germany. Self employed as a heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed sports, especially football, hunting and fishing. He was passionate about his Indian motorcycles and bow hunting, loved the outdoors and nature study. Kurt was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and carried a positive attitude that was uplifting to others. He cherished and leaves his special pets Wyle, Goldie and Muggzy who gave him hours of comfort and companionship. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Borgess Hospital, especially in the critical care areas that gave him very specialized care and compassion; the personnel at Fresenius Kidney Dialysis Center, Gull Road and the drivers of AMT. The Chaplains of Borgess Hospital and the Clergy of the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo for their visits and prayers. At his request, cremation has taken place. Celebration of life service will be held at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, 3926 South 9th Street, Oshtemo, MI, Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 11:00 am. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Rev. Steve Charnley will officiate. A lunch will follow the service at the facility. Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49007. Lending Hands, 5350 Ivanhoe Ct. Portage, MI 49002 or the charity of your choice . For obituary and condolences, please see Kurtiss' personalized page at www.langelands.com.