A celebration of Kurt's life will be held
in Walla Walla, WA on April 6, 2019
Please RSVP (link below)

Kurt Lynn Othberg, 74, dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack, on February 10th, at his home in Walla Walla.

Read the full Obituary on the LIFE page.


A celebration of Kurt’s life will be held on Saturday, April 6th, at the Three Rivers Winery in Walla Walla.  Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/dYTzN9daMFK2

Please RSVPhttps://kurtothberg.wufoo.com/forms/rsvp-for-kurt-...


  • 12:30pm - Lunch catered by La Monarca Taco Truck
  • 1:30pm - Celebration remarks followed by open mic for impromptu remembrances. Dessert and wine served.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) in Moscow, ID, or the charity of one’s choice.

Posted by Susan Palmer on May 26, 2019
i carry your heart with me (by e. e. cummings)

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
                 i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
Posted by Kris Frost on May 12, 2019
Susan, I am so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Robert Greene on May 4, 2019
susan, I'm sorry to hear your sad news. Kurt was a strong presence and quiet strength. I am sorry his calmness as I knew him, is gone from your life. But his memory will be with you and warm you.
My condolences in this terrible time.
I will make a contribution to PCEI
Posted by Amber Randall on May 2, 2019
Hi Susan,
Today (May 2) is when I learned about Kurt. Wow. I'm just so sad and shocked. But what a true, loving, and soul-mate connection you two will always have. I'll never forget the story of how you got together/met, as it still makes me chuckle, but more importantly proves yet again that love has no limits or simple definitions. Even though we're in Bellingham, Sandy and I are here for you. Our thoughts are with you today, tomorrow, and forever. *Abrazos*
Posted by Susan Palmer on March 16, 2019
In memory of Kurt
Rest in peace, W. S. Merwin, who left us this simple poignant poem:


Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
Posted by Nancy Kress on March 8, 2019
Susan, thank you for posting that lovely expression of the meaning of love and grief. I'm so sorry for your loss. It may take some time before you can chart another course for your life. I continue to think fondly of you and wish you all the best as you deal with the poignant meaning of bereavement.
Posted by Ki Bealey on February 21, 2019
Kurt was a long-term member of the City's Water-Wastewater and Infrastructure Advisory Committees. It was always a pleasure to work with Kurt through his years of service. He consistently displayed compassion, integrity, kindness, and thoughtfulness. He has my thanks and appreciation and will be missed. RIP Kurt. Deepest sympathy to Kurt's family for their loss.
Posted by Susan Palmer on February 19, 2019
"Grief, I've learned, is really just love. It's all the love you want to give, but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in the hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go."   --Jamie Anderson (via Clare Sojourner Harris Palmer)

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