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Dr. Kurt W. Lesh

Dr. Kurt W. Lesh died on November 2, 2021 from a complication of acute myeloid leukemia, at the age of 67 in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife of 45 years, Rosa Mery, and two children, Kevin and Jennifer, by her side. He was born in Omaha to Richard D. and Marilyn (White) Lesh.

During his senior year at Wayne High School in Nebraska, Kurt met the love of his life, Rosa Mery Castillo, an exchange student from Venezuela. Kurt and Rosa Mery were married on July 3, 1976. He attended the University of Nebraska where he became a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and later earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1979. He completed a family medicine residency at UNMC, then moved to York to begin private practice in 1982 at York Medical Clinic. He often spoke fondly of how wonderful it was to practice medicine in a small town. His two children were born at York General Hospital, a hospital where he enjoyed practicing as a young doctor. In York, Kurt made lifelong friendships, and he and his family often returned to Nebraska to visit friends, hunt, and watch Husker football games. His five granddaughters are being raised as proud Husker fans to his delight. In August 1993, he and his family moved to Colorado Springs to found Colorado Springs Family Practice.

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Dr. Lesh was highly respected by his patients and peers as a family physician in York and Colorado Springs, practicing for over 42 years. He earned a reputation as a caring physician who believed in a partnership with his patients based on mutual trust and respect. After many years in private practice with Colorado Springs Family Practice, he and his practice partner were sought out by MDVIP to open a new practice. He retired in October 2021.

Kurt was eclectic in his interests and passions. He loved travel, all types of cuisine, cars, fly rods and guns. He has visited all 50 states as well as countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Kurt was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed skiing, gardening, fly fishing with bamboo fly rods, hunting big and small game, and spending time with his three Brittanys, Britt, Chuck and Jack. He enjoyed attending Safari Club International conventions, which led him and his family to go on safaris in Africa. Kurt was very active with Lander, Wyo. One Shot Antelope Hunt and the Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt at Broken Bow. He was a member of the Brotherhood of St. Hubert, knighted at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Houston, Texas in March 2013.

While his list of passions was long, nothing was more important to him than being a husband, father, and grandfather. He never wanted to miss anything for his family, and he never did. Kurt was an interesting mix of frugality, generosity and, at times, extravagance. He was a Mercedes-Benz enthusiast, had his very rare steak, tasted Spanish red wines, bourbon and a two-lime gin and tonic.

He is survived by his wife, Rosa Mery; son, Kevin (Caitlyn) and granddaughters, Vera, Nora and Stella; daughter, Jennifer (Jason) and granddaughters Blair and Charlotte; mother, Marilyn; three sisters and one brother and several nieces, nephews and their children.

He is predeceased by his father, Richard Lesh; Rosa Mery’s parents, Francisco Castillo and Carmen Hernandez and Rosa Mery’s foster parents, Max and Margaret Lundstrom.

In Kurt’s memory, please do not drive in the left lane if you are not overtaking and please use your turn signal. Donations may be made in his honor to the Water for Wildlife Foundation www.waterforwildlife.org. If you would like to visit Kurt’s memorial webpage, please visit bit.ly/drkurtlesh.