Mr. Kurt Carter Habel, 82, husband of Ethel Pace Habel and a resident of Pungoteague, passed away May 5, 2019, with his family by his side. Born March 3, 1937, in Philadelphia, he was the only child of the late Karl Habel and Ruth Carter Habel.
As the longtime assistant director for the National Institutes of Health, Mr. Habel dedicated his life to protecting our nation through health research. Over the last three decades, Mr. and Mrs. Habel have called the Eastern Shore of Virginia their home, where they have enjoyed retirement and made countless memories with loved ones.
In addition to his wife of nearly 60 years, he is survived by two children, Kyle C. Habel, of Silver Springs, Md., and Courtenay A. Habel, of Onancock; four grandchildren, Jerome Habel, Robert Palmer III, Melissa Palmer, and Jada Palmer; seven great-grandchildren, Maniyah Scott, Jayden Habel, Robert Palmer IV, Elijah Palmer, Jerimich Palmer, Nevaeh Palmer, and Skyler Howard; sister-in-law, Mary Rinehart and husband, John, and their children, Kevin Nelson and wife, Kim, and Diedre Rinehart; family friend, Michelle Edwards and her children, Prettlophine, Sara, Linnya, Miyah, Liyah, and Malik; four great-nieces; and two great-nephews. Other than his parents, he was predeceased by his nephew, Gary Rinehart.
To honor Mr. Habel’s wishes, no public service will be held.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements were made by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.