It is with great sorrow and
regret that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Andy McCurdy, on
September 5, 2014, in Rogers, AR.
Andy is survived by his wife,
Belinda; Belinda's children: son Josh Huempfner and his son Mason, and daughter
Claire Huempfner and her fiancÚ Grayson Lindley; and Andy's children from a
previous marriage: son Colonel John McCurdy, USAF, his wife, Georgia, and their
children, Lizzie and Luke; and daughter Lainie McCurdy Hines and her children
Will and Daniel Hines.
The memorial service will be at
11 AM on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, 307
W Elm Rogers AR 72756. The family will be available in the fellowship hall
after the service.
Condolences may be sent to
Belinda at 15151 Putman Road, Rogers, AR 72756-8179.
In lieu of flowers, Belinda has
asked that donations in Andy's memory be sent to Rogers Historical Museum, 322
South Second Street, Rogers, AR 72756.
Well done, Andy. Be thou at
Class Memorial Pages\B-2 Andy McCurdy.pdf
Robert Andrew ("Andy") McCurdy, 74, of
Rogers, passed early Friday morning, September 5, 2014. A Rogers native, Andy
was widely known and warmly regarded as a successful businessman and civic
leader whose quiet generosity positively impacted many lives. Those who knew
him were treated to his dry and sometimes biting humor, obsessive attention to
detail, and keen intuition about people. We miss him dearly.
Andy was born on December 1, 1939 to
Jess and Vina (Russell) McCurdy. The youngest of three siblings, he was a member
of the state championship basketball team at Rogers High School. After his
graduation in 1957, he was appointed to the United States Military Academy at
West Point class of 1961.
West Point had a profound impact on
Andy’s life and character.
Upon graduation he served as an
artillery officer in the United States Army. After completing Ranger school Andy
was assigned to the 504th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, where
he loved performing the duties of Jumpmaster and honing his golf game.
Andy resigned his commission on June 15,
1964, and returned to Northwest Arkansas to work for his father-in-law at the
Robinson Accounting firm in Rogers. During this time, he took classes at the
University of Arkansas School of Business, and in August of 1966, Andy became
Benton County's first Certified Public Accountant.
He continued his work as a CPA
throughout the rest of his career, including at the firm of Guinn & McCurdy. In
1970, he became the Administrator of the Rogers Medical Center; and over the
next 33 1/2 years, Andy’s vision and leadership were instrumental in the
phenomenal growth and modernization of health care in Northwest Arkansas. He was
unfailingly kind, but expected the best from those with whom he worked. On
December 31, 2003, he retired as Chief Financial Officer for all Northwest
Arkansas Mercy clinics. In a striking testament to his impact on the community,
his retirement ceremony was attended by over 500 well-wishers.
Over the years, Andy served on the
Rogers School Board; as a member of the Airport Commission; as President of the
Rogers Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club; and as Chairman of the Board of
Federal Savings Bank. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Board of
Directors for United Bank of Springdale. Along the way, he also found time to
nurture his love of aviation, becoming a highly accomplished pilot of multiple
types of aircraft and logging over 10,000 flight hours. In his later years, Andy
attended monthly meetings of the Rogers History Club, where he enjoyed learning
about and preserving for future generations the rich history of a community in
which he played such an integral role. Andy will be remembered as an energetic
and deeply engaged man of many diverse talents and interests.
The love of Andy's life was his family,
and he took great pride and joy in us all. He is survived by his loving wife,
Belinda, whom he married on September 27, 1996, and by her children: Josh
Huempfner and his son Mason of Rogers; and Claire Huempfner and her fiance
Grayson Lindley, of Grapevine, Texas. He is also survived by his children from a
previous marriage: Colonel John McCurdy, USAF, and his wife Georgia and their
two children, Lizzie and Luke, of Colorado Springs; and Lainie Hines and her two
children, Will and Daniel, of Rogers. Andy was preceded in death by his parents,
brother Bill McCurdy, sister Liz Means, daughters Mary Martha and Amanda, and by
Belinda's son Matt Huempfner. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
memorials be made in his name to the Rogers Historical Museum, 322 South Second
Street, Rogers, Arkansas, 72756.
A memorial service is set for 11A.M.
Thursday September 11 at First United Methodist Church in Rogers. Arrangements
are by Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge.
Assembly/Taps Memorial Article:
ROBERT A. MCCURDY 1961
Cullum No. 23669-1961 | September 5, 2014
Died in Rogers, AR
Cremated. Ashes scattered.
Robert Andrew McCurdy was born on December 1, 1939, his mother’s birthday, in
Rogers, AR to Jess and Vina McCurdy. He was the youngest of three children.
Andy’s father passed away when he was 7 years old. From an early age, Andy was
strongly encouraged by his mother, an elementary school principal, to toe the
line in the Rogers community. Andy was a fine student and school leader. His
smile, humor, and kindness to all was contagious. He was a 1957 graduate of
Rogers High School and a member of its state champion basketball team. His
summer jobs included being a caddy at the local golf course.
In November 1956 he was nominated for admission to West Point by Congressman
Trimble of Arkansas’s 3rd District. Although Andy knew little about the Academy,
he had always considered it to be a top educational institution and treasured
the acceptance. On July 1, 1957 Andy boarded an airplane and crossed the
Mississippi River, both for the first time. He had no idea what was ahead of him
but felt prepared to take on the challenge. Failure was not an option in his
For Andy, “Beast” was sort of like rain falling off a duck. However,
Reorganization Week found Andy in Company B-2, where he was one of the few
plebes who survived the incredibly difficult first year (more than 50 percent of
his classmates departed from the company). Andy always had a positive outlook;
an amazing sense of humor helped sustain him and his classmates. A visit with
Andy always brought laughter and a smile. His indomitable will insured that
whatever the challenge, Andy would prevail. He maintained a low profile with his
nose to the grindstone for his four years. Andy graduated on June 7, 1961 and
was commissioned a second lieutenant of Artillery. Throughout Andy’s life, the
lessons learned and leadership skills taught at West Point were his guiding
After graduation leave, Andy completed Airborne and Ranger schools and the
Artillery Officer Basic Course. Andy was small in stature but very wiry, maybe
weighing 135 pounds wringing wet. On one of his training jumps, exiting the
aircraft, he went up instead of down. He not only missed the DZ but landed out
of state! He never said how many pushups he was “awarded!” Andy went on to serve
what proved to be the total time of his military career as an infantry officer
with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC, where he was awarded the Army
Commendation Medal. While in North Carolina he had the opportunity to play many
rounds of golf, including one at Pinehurst No. 2. During his time at Fort Bragg,
he participated in an experimental group called HALO. The men all had to weigh
less than 140 pounds. Andy made 469 parachute jumps as part of HALO. The jumps
were high altitude, with the highest being from 30,000 to 37,000 feet. Andy
resigned from the military on June 15, 1964 with the rank of first lieutenant.
After leaving active duty, Andy attended the University of Arkansas while
working full time at an accounting firm. His West Point roommates knew Andy was
destined to become a CPA because his weekend entertainment was rolling dice and
building tables of probability. He completed four years of course work in
two-and-a-half years. He passed the CPA boards in August 1966, becoming the
first CPA in Benton County, AR. He stayed in public practice for four years. On
June 1, 1970 he became the clinic administrator of the Rogers Medical Center,
where he continued to do tax work for the doctors and select clients. He
obtained his pilot’s license in 1973, with flying replacing golf in his life.
After the Sisters of Mercy-St. Louis entered Northwest Arkansas, Andy became the
NWA clinic administrator in September 1997, eventually becoming the clinic CFO
until his retirement in December 2003. Andy’s leadership, vision, and
contributions to the medical community of Northwest Arkansas were invaluable to
the growth and forward-thinking of health care delivery to residents of the
Andy was a man of many passions: his family, flying, golf in his early years,
the Razorbacks and his 1984 Chevrolet Silverado, red and black pick-up. He could
be found enjoying a Razorback athletic event with family and friends, while
giving the referees grief along the way. His love for aviation was apparent in
the over 12,000 flight hours logged as an accomplished pilot. However, family
was his greatest joy in life. He married Belinda (Setser) Huempfner on September
27, 1996. They enjoyed life and many travel adventures, with the Colorado
Rockies being a favorite destination.
Andy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in September 2008. His struggle with
Parkinson’s was challenging in his last years; his love for Belinda sustained
him through it all. Andy passed away unexpectedly on September 5, 2014 at the
age of 74.
Andy was survived by his loving wife, Belinda, and her children, Josh Huempfner
(along with his son Mason) and Claire Huempfner. He was also survived by his
children from a previous marriage: John McCurdy (along with his children, Lizzie
and Luke [USMA ’23]) and Lainie (McCurdy) Hines (along with her children, Will
and Daniel). Andy was preceded in death by daughters Mary Martha in 1962 and
Amanda in 1987 as well as by Belinda’s son Matt Huemfpner in 2009.
Well done Andy, may you rest in peace.
— Belinda McCurdy, along with Fred Pryor and Phil Mallory,