David Lee Kors avid outdoorsman, passionate volunteer

Published in the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA

David KorsDavid Lee Kors was born in Hammond, Indiana on June 18, 1934 and went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 17, 2015 after battling GIST cancer for three years. Dave received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and Southern Methodist University, respectively.

Over a 37-year career he contributed to historical NASA initiatives that included the Apollo Mission to the Moon and Space Shuttle programs.

He was married to the love of his life, Nancy Jane Ansteatt, for 54 years. Together they raised three children. He is survived by his wife, as well as his sister, Alice Elleftson. He was preceded in death by parents Ruth and John Kors, and sisters Doris Kors and Eileen Lloyd. His children include Jennifer (Dave) Leighton, Julie Abrams, and Jonathan (Jennifer) Kors, and grandchildren Elizabeth, Nicolas, Cameron, Arielle, emery, Taylor, Ashley, Joshua and Emily.

Dave served as a Deacon and Elder at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, where he and Nancy were members for 30 years, after which they attended Faith Episcopal Church of Cameron Park. He was passionate about supporting Christian missions worldwide and also volunteered locally on the Rescue School District Board and with Habitat for Humanity. Dave’s zest for the outdoors was manifested through his love of skiing, hiking, biking, camping and traveling. He never backed down from a good challenge, and was always planning the next great project. A Celebration of Life service was held on January 15, 2016 at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to cancer research or a missionary of your choice in Dave’s name.