Curtis, 87, of Northglenn, Colorado, passed away peacefully after a sudden stroke. He was a graduate of Moose Lake High School in 1948. Curt served in the United States Air Force from 1951 – 1955 as an aircraft mechanic. Curtis married Vivian Waisanen in February 1952. They began their life together in Anchorage, Alaska, then on to Oklahoma where he received his aircraft mechanic license, and then back to Alaska. In 1955, he was employed with Pacific Northern Airlines. During their time in Alaska they enjoyed church activities at Central Lutheran and Hope Lutheran churches and made many life-long friends. They continue to this day their connection with a special Round Robin group. In 1960, they moved to San Francisco where Curt began his work with United Airlines. He then transferred to Denver, Colorado in 1964 and continued with UAL until his retirement in 1992. Curt and Vivian have remained active with the UAL Retirees group over the years. They also enjoyed flying with United Airlines, traveling with their motorhome, and their “Road Runners” camping group.
Curt and Vivian were blessed with four children: Anne, Karen, Susan, and Alan, and 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Some of Curt’s favorite activities were traveling, snow and water skiing with his children and grandchildren, camping, woodworking, working on cars, reading, assembling puzzles, gardening, and he truly enjoyed spending time with his family. Curt was passionate about the sharing of God’s Word through his volunteer ministry in the American Bible Society. Curt loved his wife of 65 years and his faith in Christ and involvement in his church were very important to him.
Curt was preceded in death by his son Alan, Curt’s parents Lillie and Elmer Ryden, Curt’s brother Phillip, and Curt’s sister Helen. He is survived by his wife Vivian, three daughters – Anne (Ken) Barger, Karen Loranc, Susan (Ken) Selk, grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Inurnment will be at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, August 25th, at 1:00 pm at Risen Savior Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Curt’s memory to Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 3031 West 144th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80023.
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