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Published September 01, 2013, 12:00 AM

Curtis Delene Mehlhoff

Curtis Delene Mehlhoff, 80, died peacefully on August 29, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 1:00 pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Bismarck. Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 1 at Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison from 2 to 7 pm and Monday, Sept. 2 at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck from 2 to 5 pm. A private burial will take place at Garrison Cemetery.

Curt was born on Feb. 13, 1933 to Jacob and Amelia (Bauch) Mehlhoff in rural Coleharbor, ND. He graduated from Garrison High School in 1951. After working for a short time at the Ford plant in Minneapolis, he returned to the Garrison area and started farming. For several years he sold vehicles during the winter months for Schaeffer Ford of Underwood, ND. Curt married Lois Walters on Oct. 22, 1955 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Garrison. Curt and Lois were blessed with four daughters; Cynthia, Susan, Lisa, and Jody. Lois died on July 7, 1988. Curt retired from farming in 1989 and later moved to Bismarck.

Curtis Delene Mehlhoff

Curtis Delene Mehlhoff, 80, died peacefully on August 29, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 1:00 pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Bismarck. Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 1 at Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison from 2 to 7 pm and Monday, Sept. 2 at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck from 2 to 5 pm. A private burial will take place at Garrison Cemetery.

Curt was born on Feb. 13, 1933 to Jacob and Amelia (Bauch) Mehlhoff in rural Coleharbor, ND. He graduated from Garrison High School in 1951. After working for a short time at the Ford plant in Minneapolis, he returned to the Garrison area and started farming. For several years he sold vehicles during the winter months for Schaeffer Ford of Underwood, ND. Curt married Lois Walters on Oct. 22, 1955 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Garrison. Curt and Lois were blessed with four daughters; Cynthia, Susan, Lisa, and Jody. Lois died on July 7, 1988. Curt retired from farming in 1989 and later moved to Bismarck.

In 1993, he met Bonnie Rees in Minot, ND. They married Jan. 8th, 1994 and were looking forward to celebrating their 20th anniversary. Curt and Bonnie lived in Bismarck, spending the winter months in Bermuda Dunes, Ca. They enjoyed dancing, golfing, watching movies and Prairie Knights.

Curt volunteered his services to the Garrison Fire Department. He faithfully served the church council at St. Paul Lutheran Church. At a very young age, Curt learned the game of pool, which he enjoyed throughout his lifetime. He belonged to pool leagues and played in many tournaments. Curt also enjoyed bowling, fishing and golfing. Above all, he was a devoted husband and father who loved and took great pride in his family. He was happiest when he was enjoying family time in ND and Ca.

Curt will be missed by his loving wife, Bonnie. Daughters and son-in-laws; Cindy and Gar Frank, Hazen, Sue and Mike Morken, Fargo, Lisa and Mark Hart, Bismarck, and Jody and Tom Pfliger, Hazen. Grandchildren; Jason Frank, Mandan, Jordan (Amanda) Frank, Maysville, Ky, Jeffrey (Pam) Frank, Hazen, Sarah Morken, Grand Forks, Matthew Morken, Fargo, Austin Juntunen, Bismarck, Natasha (Seth) Hoff, Williston, Tyler Pfliger, Hazen and Brian Hart, Bismarck. Great grandchildren; Amber, Ashley, and Katelyn Frank, Hayden Dean and Justin Frank, Kennedi Holo, Aiden and Harrison Hoff. Step-daughters; Tara (Chris) Conklin, Yucaipa, Ca, and Brenda (Mike) Mitchell, Bermuda Dunes, Ca. Step-grandsons; Shawn (Jennifer) Raae-Nielsen, Scott Raae-Nielsen, Nolan Raae-Nielsen, JT Sobral, Mason Mitchell and Tanner Mitchell, all of Ca. Step-great grandson, Cavin Rees Raae-Nielsen. Brothers; Aleck (Esther) Mehlhoff, Minot, Norman(Laura) Mehlhoff, Bismarck, special brother, Corky (Yvonne) Mehlhoff, Bismarck, sister-in-laws; Eleanor Mehlhoff, Garrison, Arlene Mehlhoff, Minot, special sister-in-law, Bev Hill, Bismarck and brother-in-law, Sam Eslinger (Doris Engene), Garrison, Mother-in-law, June Albrecht, Minot, sisters-in-laws; Carol Hanson, Kenmare, Arliss Hildago, Atlanta, Ga, Ruth (Ike) Gefroh, Orlando, Fl and Ruby (Joel) Rathbun, Minot. Many special nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends.

Those who greeted him in heaven include his first wife Lois, infant daughter, great granddaughter Amelia Hoff, parents Jacob and Amelia, brothers, Edmund, Rueben, Roy (Darlene), Arnold (Adeline), sisters, Alma Eslinger and Rena (Willie) Weishaar, infant sister Katherine.

An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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