This obituary originally appeared on O’Neill Hayes Funeral Home.

Kurt Scheel, of Middletown, RI passed away at home on Saturday, July 25, 2020 after a short, but brave fight with cancer.  He was born September 25, 1960 in Wilton, CT.  Grew up playing tennis competitively while learning carpentry skills from his father, a master builder.  He was a skilled tree cutter.  Car and motorcycle racing were an early, and life-long passion.  Kurt was preparing his Ducati 999 Super-bike for a final ride at the time of his death. Kurt moved to Newport in 1999 to work building a custom yacht.  He met the love of his life and spent his last 21 years here together.

Kurt is preceded in death by both parents: Sylvia Jackson and Monroe Scheel; and also, his brother Grayham Scheel.

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He leaves behind Donna Benisch; his partner, and her daughter Jessica Whetstone – nephews Justin and Kevin in Florida, and cousins Jackie and Jeanette in Canada.

Kurt was artistic and creative.  A true “Lefty”.  He could build or repair anything.  He was a motorcycle enthusiast with many a road trip over the years.  A fast and furious rider.  He will be missed by his many friends near and far.  Ride on Kurt.

Calling Hours will be held Thursday, July 30 from 3-6 pm at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport.  A reception will follow at the VFW Post 4487 in Middletown.  Plants are preferred in lieu of flowers.  Donations accepted to PO Box 443, Newport, RI 02840.


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