Curtis H. Lind, 84, passed away peacefully at home in Saginaw on July 22, 2013, with his family by his side.
Curt was born in West Duluth at Weber Hospital on Oct. 25, 1928 to Fred and Anna (Savik) Lind. He grew up with 6 siblings, attending Alborn school until 9th grade and ultimately completing four Bachelors and two Masters degrees.
At age 19, he flew to Alaska and worked on the Alaska Railroad as a brakeman and conductor.
He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1950. He shipped to Korea where he was wounded and awarded two Purple Hearts, Infantry Combat Badge, Korean Presidential Citation, and others.
In 1953, he married Darlene (Sandstrom) from Munger. They had four daughters.
He was a charter member of Grace Lutheran church. He served as Youth Director at the YMCA and started Junior Bowling, Nationwide Youth Employment programs, and more. He worked as director for the MN Safety Council and vice chair and chair of the Proctor School board. He was a prison administrator at Lino Lakes and director for five Indian reservation anti-poverty programs.
The family moved to Alaska where Curt worked as a Risk Manager and became an ordained minister with Assemblies of God. He took private flying lessons and went hunting and fishing with visiting family members.
Returning to Duluth Curt worked for Jamar and later Potlatch retiring in 1995.
With help of family members, he built his dream retirement home and wrote three books on his religious faith and numerous poems.
Curtis earned Bachelors degrees in Child Psychology, Photography / Art, Sociology, and Masters degrees in Public Administration and Industrial Safety.
He was a member of Hilltop Lions Club, the Hilltop Rotary, the Duluth Optimist Club, the Duluth Chamber Safety Committee, and Minnesota State Lobbyists.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, collecting coins, writing poetry and books, and taking care of his dachshund, Winnie.
Curtis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ellsworth, Morrie, Fred; sisters Laura (Rathe), Dorothy (Janke), and Jenny (Baublitz).
He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Darlene; four daughters; Pamela (Dave) Peterson, Paula (Al) Hoover, Lisa Repensky, and Lana (Cole) Arro; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Many thanks to the numerous care providers, the Intensive Care Unit at St. Mary's hospital, and the wonderful staff at St. Mary's Hospice.
VISITATION: Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. on July 24 at Bell Brothers in West Duluth. VIEWING: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. Service on July 25 at Grace Lutheran Church on HWY 53 in Hermantown. Luncheon will follow the service at the Church. Burial at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Hermantown.