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Robert A. McCurdy
"Andy"

Company B-2

1 Dec 1939 - 5 Sep 2014

Place of Death: Rogers, AR

Interment: Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge, AR

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 peace.

Remembrances:

Class Memorial Pages\B-2 Andy McCurdy.pdf

Obituaries:

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 family.

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 principles.

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 area.

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, classmates