Aungst, Kurt

Kurt William Aungst

September 1, 1969 - March 31, 2018

Kurt William Aungst of Princeton, Texas passed away March 31, 2018, at the age of 48.  He was born September 1, 1969, to Robert Fritts and Terri Dolan in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Kurt graduated from Sundance High School in 1987, where he excelled in basketball, football and wrestling.  He was awarded All-Conference in football, and also placed fourth at State wresting his senior year.  Kurt would remain an avid sports fan and competitor throughout his life.  With great pride he would pass on his dedication and competitive spirit to his children.

Kurt worked for Senator Ogden Driskill, of Camp Stool Ranch at Devil’s Tower, Wyoming.  He began working for him in middle school.  After working for Driskill’s, Kurt moved down the road to the Bush Ranch to work for Nick Boles.  From these men, he developed a strong work ethic and problem-solving ability, as well as a profound appreciation for accountability.  After high school, Kurt attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie and worked part time at the WyDOT Design Squad, which had a branch office on the Wyoming campus.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1996. 

Kurt married Colleen Jo Townsend on June 24, 1995 in Newcastle, Wyoming.  After his graduation they moved to Texas to work for engineering consultant Kimley-Horn and Associates, where he met numerous friends.  In 1998, he was a founder of Kennedy Consulting, Inc. (KCI).  Since that time he has led the development of countless transportation projects around the state and came to be highly respected for the quality of his work and attentiveness to his many clients.  At KCI, Kurt served as Project Manager, McKinney Office Manager and served on JMT’s Board of Directors.  In Texas, Kurt and Colleen started their family and pursued their love of roping.  He became quite a successful team roper, where he won numerous saddles and buckles.  Kurt and Colleen acquired a beautiful ranch in Dexter, Texas and Kurt’s passion for open space and wildlife was renewed.  On the ranch, he managed a trophy whitetail deer herd and worked to maintain and improve the property. The family spent countless hours working the ranch, spending holidays and entertaining family and friends at ranch; it was their special retreat.  The ranch was where he felt the most at peace and relaxed. Kurt was a devoted husband, father, friend and engineer.  His love for his family was second-to-none; he particularly loved and supported their sport endeavors. His children share his work ethic, his desire to be better, and his drive for success. From him, they have learned hard work pays off in every aspect of life.

Kurt is survived by his wife, Colleen Jo Aungst; children, Ryleigh Aungst, Payton Aungst and Brady Aungst all of Princeton, Texas; parents, Terry and Terri Aungst of Washington; brothers, Kevin Fitzgerald of Elk Rapids, Michigan, Jerry Huntoon and Kory Aungst of Washington; mother-in-law, Pat Townsend of Osage, Wyoming; brother-in-law, Collin Townsend and family of West Jordan, Utah; sister-in-law, Kara Lenardson and family of Newcastle, Wyoming; and a host of other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Robin Bury; brother, Kody Aungst; father-in-law, Senator Charles Townsend; and grandparents, Irene and John Dolan.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 6, 2018 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel in Allen, Texas.  The family will receive friends during a visitation on Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  A private interment is to be held at Aungst Family Cemetery at a later date. 

Condolences may be sent to 4425 FM 1377, Princeton, TX 75407.  A memorial fund is being established.

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Would love to have met and spent some time with him. He seems to have been a very special person, and my and Linda's hearts and prayers go out for the strength and hearts of his family and other loved ones. I think this a great loss to us all. George Odom , April 12, 2018 To Kurt's Family, I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Kurt's passing. I met Kurt about 4 years ago at his office in McKinney. He was a great man! As soon as I met him, I knew we would become good friends. We had a lot in common. Other than normal conversations about future design projects, our conversations centered around hunting, meat processing techniques (that we both shared), smoking venison, and sharing stories about each others family. I just wanted to let you all know to stay strong! Prayers and Condolences, James Aldredge James Aldredge, April 10, 2018 I am so sorry for your loss. I went to school with Kurt in Sundance. He was a great guy and wow did he do great things with his life and impacted a lot of folks. RIP Kurt. Christy Jones, April 7, 2018 I am so saddened to hear the news of Kurt's passing. While I only worked with him a short time, I admired and respected him as an engineer and a friend. The engineering community lost a good one. My deepest condolences to Colleen and his family. Wendy Hilgers Federal Highway Administration Denver, CO Wendy Hilgers, April 7, 2018 Our deepest sympathies to Kurt's family and friends. We hope you find some comfort and peace knowing that you are loved, are surrounded by those you love you, and will forever carry sweet memories of Kurt with you. Bless you. Ray Jennings and Marci Kirk, April 7, 2018 While I didn't know Kurt well personally, I knew OF him very well. He was a very well respected member of our engineering community and I enjoyed every interaction I ever had with him. Deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues. Justin Beaird, April 6, 2018 We only knew Kurt in passing as fellow spectators of Payton and Caroline's middle school basketball games, but it was evident that he was devoted to his family. We can't imagine the loss your family is feeling but we're certain your memories will only be more and more comforting over time. Prayers and blessings for you all. The Weedon Family, April 6, 2018 Kurt was an excellent engineer, great to work with, and the consummate professional. I'll always be grateful to him for reaching out to us and becoming our firm's first client. My sincerest condolences to Kurt' family and loved ones. Although I know mere words cannot lessen the grief and pain you are going though, I do hope that the many wonderful memories you have of the bond and love you shared will bring a smile to your face and much comfort on the days you miss him the most. God Bless. John J. Mora, April 6, 2018 Rest in peace my friend, my heart is broken for your family. I wish I could have stayed closer in touch but our trails lead in different directions. I will pray for your family and for your eternal peace. Till we meet again.
Doug Reynolds , April 6, 2018 Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gini and Jim Chapman, April 6, 2018 Kurt was an engineer's engineer. A good steward for his clients. I knew him to be a man of honor. His word was his bond.... he was always a hard worker, always on time, and well respected. The world has lost a good man .... the Lord has gained a good servant. James Browne, April 6, 2018 My condolences on your loss. Adam , April 6, 2018 I want to offer my deepest condolences for your family's loss. I worked with Kurt for over 10 years on various projects. He was a wonderful person and worthy of admiration. He will be missed. I know no words can adequately relieve your sorrow, but please know that you and your family are in the prayers of many. Joshua Cotton, City of McKinney, April 6, 2018 We are so sad to hear of the loss of Kurt. Before and since we started our company in 2007 (Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting), Kurt and Kevin were informal mentors to us and great examples of how to grow and run a business based on hard work, high quality, and excellent relationships. We will miss Kurt's important presence in our professional world. From speaking with him and as reflected in the memorial slides, Kurt loved his family and the land with great passion and we hope those beautiful memories sustain those closest to him. This is truly a loss for both personal and professional communities. We look forward to more information about the Memorial Fund. Sincerely, Ashley McLain Ashley McLain, April 6, 2018 I will always remember Kurt as an Engineer that dedicated himself to excellence, and I will miss him. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. Chris Cotter, April 6, 2018 I’m in a state of shock, Kurt was such a beautiful soul and a giving man.  I went to high school with him, there was never a dull moment when he was around.  He won’t be forgotten and he will always have a place in my heart .  RIP buddy and go rest high on the mountain.... sending lots of love and prayers to the whole family, may God comfort you in this difficult time.
Jowanna Keil , April 5, 2018 Prayers and hugs to you and your family.
Pat Mollenbrink, April 5, 2018 I attended an interview with Kurt and Kevin right after they started KCI. The last slide said WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get). That pretty much sums up Kurt-- a stand-up guy that could always be counted on, and a man of his word. Thoughts and prayers to all who will miss him.
Larry Cox, April 5, 2018 My condolences to Colleen, Terry and Terri Aungst. I pray for peace for all the family at this sad time. Marie Stauffer, April 5, 2018 Kurt was a not only a good engineer but a person with integrity and discipline. It was a privilege to know him and he will be missed greatly. Prayers and condolences to his family. Spenta Irani, Jacobs, April 5, 2018 I am sorry for this loss and it pains my heart that the ones he truely loved will have to endure life with out him in the world. Travis Alley, April 5, 2018 I worked with Kurt on numerous projects and pursuits. I must say it was a privilege. Great engineer and always very courteous and cordial. Sending my prayers and condolences to his family. God bless you. Janice Kruse, April 5, 2018 I have no words. Just know that we love ya'll and are hurting with ya'll. The Chaney's have been praying for each of you that ya'll would find peace and strength in Christ. I know it's been awhile since we've all seen each other, but the thought of not crossing paths with Kurt again saddens me. I'll miss him. We love ya'll and are here for ya'll. Bryan Chaney, April 5, 2018 It’s too early in life to lose such a great person. After High School we lost touch but with such a small class we were all like family. We will all miss Kurt and my heart goes out to his lovely family. Damon Hart Class of 1987
Damon Hart, April 5, 2018 My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Was 1 year ahead of Kurt in school. Have lots of high school memories. So sorry.
Julie Lenz Altaffer, April 4, 2018 Colleen, You and your family are in our prayers. Gary, Denise & Amanda Willis Denise Willis, April 4, 2018 Kurt was a classmate of our sons: Troy, Travis, Cory Jensen. We always enjoyed him and he was an inspiration to all. We are so sorry he has left this earth. Our love and hugs to the family. May God fold you into his arms.
Gary & Peggy Jensen, April 4, 2018 All of us at VRX, Inc. are heartbroken to learn of Kurt's passing. Kurt was always very kind to us, and very gracious. We had been thrilled to work with him on several past pursuits, and particularly recall how he gave of his time last fall to explain a challenging engineering concept to our marketing staff. He was an exceptional engineer and a wonderful person. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues. We send all of his loved ones our deepest condolences. Holly Becka, VRX, Inc., April 4, 2018 Kurt was one of the kindest guys I have met. He was a true gentlemen. May God rest his soul in peace and give courage to his family to bear the loss (Amen).
Khalid Jamil, April 4, 2018 Our sincere sympathies to you and your family. I will always remember Kurt fondly and have wonderful memories of the times spent with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. David and Felicia Kochalka, April 4, 2018 We, at I.S. Engineers, LLC, are deeply saddened by this terrible news and offer our condolences to Kurt's wife, kids and family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and ask God to give you patience to bear this tragedy. We will not forget Kurt's leadership and hard work to be the best. He will be in our hearts and we pray for his soul. The engineering community has lost one of its best. Niko Mozaffar/I.S. Engineers, LLC, April 4, 2018 We are so sorry for your loss! We are very saddened by the news of his passing. We worked with Kurt professionally and he was always a man of integrity. Ralph & Judette Armstrong, April 4, 2018 My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends. May God wrap you in his arms and console all of you. Kay Abott, April 4, 2018 Kurt was a tremendous person and excelled at what he did. He will be truly missed. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Jason Hudson, April 4, 2018 I am so sorry to hear of Kurt's passing. I send thoughts and prayers to the entire family and hope that you can make some sense of and find peace at this difficult time. God bless. Josh Edwards, April 4, 2018 Though I only knew Kurt through our professional encounters, I was always impressed by his professionalism, dedication, and passion for his work. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Gary Graham, April 4, 2018 My heart is hurting for this family and his friends. May the wonderful memories and love they shared be enough to sustain his kids and wife until they meet again. My thoughts and prayers have been with them. God bless.
Buffy Haynes-Helwig, April 4, 2018 My deepest condolences to Kurt's family, friends and co-workers. Kurt's unwavering pursuit of excellence has bettered all of those he touched. Having the privilege of working with Kurt over the years, he will be truly missed on both a personal and professional level. Eric Kreiner, April 4, 2018 On behalf of Kurt's friends at AECOM, I would like to extend my hearfelt condolences to the Aungst Family. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Kurt was a passionate Engineer and leaves behind a strong legacy of hard work, passion and work ethic. Our industry lost a good engineer. RIP, Kurt. You will be missed. Krishna Peapully, April 4, 2018 Our thoughts and prayer are with your family, he was good friend.
David Hosseiny, April 4, 2018 I am going to miss you my friend. Mansoor Ahsan, April 3, 2018 Dear friends, family and co-workers of Kurt, I am very sorry to hear about the death of Kurt Aungst. My experience working with Kurt was on the NTTA Chisholm Trail Parkway project, in which BWR (now Lochner) was a bridge design subconsultant to Kennedy Consulting in the mid-2000s. From our project meetings in person or on the phone, I always found Kurt to be honest, professional, and a talented engineer and manager. I do recall some brief conversations we had about sports, which I see was definitely one of his passions after reading through his obituary. He represented our profession of engineering in a most positive manner. I know Kurt was an integral part of your company, and will be greatly missed by all who worked with him. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with Kurt, his wife, his children, and the employees of Kennedy Consulting so deeply affected by his passing. I offer this prayer for Kurt: Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. With sincere sympathy, Mark Hartegan H.W. Lochner, Inc. Lenexa, KS Mark Hartegan, April 3, 2018 I enjoyed working with Kurt on the North Tarrant Express Segment 3B project. I only knew him in a working relationship, but still consider him as a friend. Kurt was always so well organized, highly dependable, and so easy to work with. He'll be dearly missed. Marty Stewart, April 3, 2018 I am so very sorry for your loss. Kurt was the best consultant engineer and best project manager I knew, a tremendous person I highly respected. David Neshyba, P.E., April 3, 2018 We, at ARS Engineers, Inc., send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Aungst. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. RIP Kurt! Carmen Duenes, April 3, 2018 Kurt and I were working on US 82 project for TxDOT Atlanta District, where he served as the PM and WSP team was his subconsultant. It'd been an honor to work under his leadership and experience first hand his work philosophy and attention to details. Truly sorry that our industry lost a great engineer and leader. Chia-Pin Hsu, April 3, 2018 Colleen, our deepest condolences to you and the kids.
Larry and Terra Irvine, April 3, 2018 Love you all so very much. Collin/Susan/Nichole Townsend, April 3, 2018