Curtis Lundberg, 93

Curtis (Curt) Merrill Dean Lundberg, 93, youngest son of Charles Adrian and Ada Botilda Swanson Lundberg, passed away Jan. 7, 2023, in Denver, Colo.
He was the youngest of six boys, along with one older sister and one younger, all born and reared on a farm south of Red Oak. After one year of college and due to a shortage of teachers, he qualified to teach at Excelsior Country School, a one room schoolhouse in Page County, teaching kindergarten through eighth grade, being only four years older than his oldest student.
He was drafted and served the required two years in the army during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and in 1959 he joined the investment department of Capitol Life Insurance Company, Colorado’s oldest and largest insurance company at the time, where he worked for 30 years, retiring in 1990 as vice president of the real estate and mortgage loan departments.
Curt’s major interest was worldwide travel, including Antarctica, a chartered flight over Mount Everest, a round trip on the Concorde and a cruise on the QE2. He was particularly fond of riverboat cruises, through Europe, China, Russia and Egypt. He was also a collector of worldwide art and artifacts; his 15th floor condo in Denver was a fascinating place to visit. His mother came to the U.S. from Sweden, as did his grandparents on both sides of the family. One of Curt’s most treasured trips was buying two first class airline tickets to Sweden for him and his mother so she could connect with her homeland once again.
A bachelor, Curt was loved and appreciated by his many nieces and nephews and their families for encouraging family gatherings and keeping the family “together.” His sister, Phyllis Radil from Omaha, survives him, as do numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Curt will be laid to rest in Nyman Cemetery, alongside his parents, some of his brothers, and other family members. Memorial services are pending.

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