Bernard Charles Kurvink; Retired Flight Inspector


Bernard Charles Kurvink, a retired flight inspector and longtime North Hollywood resident, has died in Van Nuys. He was 74.

Kurvink died Aug. 24 of cancer, said his wife, Katharine Kurvink.

Born Dec. 19, 1915, in Rock Springs, Wyo., Kurvink moved to California in 1924. He was raised in Glendale and graduated in 1932 from Hoover High School. In 1938, he went to work for Douglas Aircraft Co. in Santa Monica as a final flight inspector of aircraft.


His employment was disrupted when he served three years in the U.S. Air Force during WWII, attaining the rank of private first class. After he was discharged, he returned to Douglas and later worked at other aircraft firms, retiring from Lockheed Corp. in Burbank in 1965.

Kurvink was a longtime member of the Atwater-Larchmont Masonic Lodge No. 614 and also belonged to the National Rifle Assn. He and his wife would have celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Sunday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Edwin Lee Kurvink of North Hollywood and Charles Richard Kurvink of Van Nuys; a daughter, Roberta Louise Kurvink of Manhattan; and a sister, Vivian King of Glendale.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Good Shepherd Chapel of J.T. Oswald Mortuary, 11020 Camarillo St., North Hollywood, which handled the arrangements. Burial will follow at Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale. Donations can be made in Kurvink’s name to the American Cancer Society.