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Richard J. Kuzmanoff

Published April 17,2017

Obituary's Biography:

Richard James Kuzmanoff, 66, a resident of Third Lake, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, IL.  He was born January 11, 1951 in Gary, IN to Chris and Louise Kuzmanoff.  Richard was retired from CNA Insurance and XL Catlin Group.  Richard is survived by his wife of 41 years, Anna, his sons Joseph, Christopher (Misty), Alexander (Casandra), Richard Jr. (Chika), and Douglas, his grandchildren Anastasia, Oliver, Sloan, Hazel, Kairu, Kazuru, and Kanasa, and his siblings Jeff (Susan), Kathryn (Jim) Russell, Nancy, and Amy (Matt) Dippel.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Chris, Jim, and Russell.  A memorial visitation and service is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00am until 12:00pm with a memorial service commencing at 12:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family to be used for a donation to the Boy Scouts at a later date. For more information on services, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

6 replies on “Richard J. Kuzmanoff”

  1. The insurance industry lost a pillar and a friend with Rick’s passing. He was also a mentor and a steward of the Property Claims world. I had the privilege to work with Rick on a committee in Washington D.C. over the past several years. Although I never met his family, you could tell in short order he was very proud of his boys. I have no doubt he is somewhere now preparing BBQ while working on an old motorcycle! Rest in peace my friend.

    Doug Strub

  2. What a great guy. I met Rick in January 1996 when CNA merged with Continental. Rick taught us CNA guys the Boiler business. Rick just recently sponsored me into LEA. I was saddened to hear about his illness as I just saw him in January. Rick was a true Professional! God Bless you all. I did not know he was a Boy Scout but it makes sense.

  3. Sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss. May your memories sustain you through this most difficult time.

    There must be an insurance group organized in heaven by now since it seems lately we are loosing our most experienced in the industry. Hopefully they meet regularly among the clouds and laugh about the good old days of insurance claims.

  4. I was very lucky indeed to have met Rick and work with him at XL, or “Kuz” as I used to call him. He was truly a great human being and a class act. I am deeply saddened by his passing and my heart truly goes out to his wife and family. He was always talking about his family. The world lost a very good man, a very good soul. Someone said once that it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them. This is the case with Rick. Kuz, you will never be forgotten.

  5. I had the honor and pleasure of serving with Rick on AIA Property Claim Committee. I eagerly anticipated our quarterly visits to DC, with much wisdom shared during and outside of the “official” meeting times.

    Clearly a true gentlemen, consummate Claimsman, and obviously devoted to his family.

    I think it was Churchill who said: ” we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”. Let’s be sure to make the best use of our precious time together, and find the opportunities to give of ourselves.

    God bless.

  6. Anna and family,
    I was saddened to learn of Rick’s passing. He was a long time friend as we both served as officers and directors of the Loss Executives Association. He had an outstanding career, was highly regarded by all who had contact with him in the property loss industry, and he worked extremely hard to accomplish his goals. The industry was fortunate to have him not only as a tireless worker but also as a mentor to so many.
    Bob Barber

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