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March 6, 2013

Glenn Curtis

— Glenn Curtis was born on December 3, 1913, on a farm near Huron, South Dakota, to Thomas and Florence Rand Curtis.  Glenn grew up on the family farm and attended school in Huron and later attended Agricultural School in Brookings, SD. In 1931 the family moved to Murray County, MN.  On June 14, 1937, he and Mary West were married at St. Ann's Church in Slayton.  Following their marriage they farmed various properties around the Slayton area.  During this time, Glenn also worked various other jobs to include being a city police officer.  In 1958, he began working for Murray County Co-Op delivering bulk fuel until his retirement in 1978.  On June 14, 2012, he and Mary celebrated their 75th Wedding anniversary.  Mary passed away on August 18, 2012.  Glenn remained in their home until February 2013. Following a sudden stroke Glenn spent the last two weeks at the Ambassador Good Samaritan Center in New Hope, MN.  Glenn passed away there on March 4, 2013, at the age of 99.  He was a member of St. Ann's Church in Slayton.  Glenn enjoyed road trips to visit family members, watching old westerns and the Minnesota Twins, target shooting, playing 500, and shooting pool.  Glenn will be remembered for his love of family and his ever-present sharp wit.

 Survivors include his six children and their spouses, Mary Jo Surprenant of Mankato, MN, Colleen and Bob Reiter of Golden Valley, MN, Michael Curtis of Hampton, VA, Patricia and Mark Donaldson of Knoxville, TN, Tom and Candy Curtis of Eden Valley, MN, and Kathleen and Charlie Blesener of Elk River, MN, 19 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary, son Daniel, son-in-law, Kenneth Surprenant, two brothers, Dale and Clyde Curtis and one sister, Claire Jurgens.

   Funeral Services:

 St. Ann's Church in Slayton, MN, on Friday, March 8, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. James Seitz officiating.  The readers are Margaret Surprenant-Ostrowski and Theresa Surprenant-Barker.  The organist is Judy Andrews.  The song leader is Sheila Crowley with special music by Ruthanne LaQua.  The pallbearers are Gregory Surprenant, Susan Bergstrom, Shannon Tate, Justin Vandeputte, Megan Erickson, and Lucas Blesener.  Interment is at St. Ann's Cemetery Slayton, MN.

 Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday March 8, 2013, at St. Ann's Church in Slayton. Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements. To send condolences visit  In lieu of flower memorials are preferred.


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