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Obituaries: Curtis R. Wilson


November 29, 2019

Curtis R. Wilson died on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.

He was born Dec. 8, 1951, and raised in Cloquet by Roy Curtis and Jane B. (Fay) Wilson, who predeceased him, he is survived by the love of his life, Lisa Wilson, whom he married on May 25, 1991, and their daughter, Zoë Rose Wilson, and her fiancé, John A. “Alex” Reinman.

Curt was a graduate of Cloquet High School and the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He worked for various engineering firms over the years before starting his own consulting practice, Wilson & Wilson in 2001. Devoted to his clients, who spanned the country, he enjoyed every aspect of a profession he knew he wanted to pursue from the time he was a young teenager.

Athletic and outdoor endeavors and music were the soundtrack of his life, whether it was skiing or golfing with Zoë and friends, hunting, fishing, picking rocks or walking or hiking a new trail or town, Curt maintained his curiosity. A gifted athlete, he played hockey for the University of Minnesota, and joined baseball, softball and golf leagues. He loved everything about the sky, whether it was viewing it through a telescope, flying through it while piloting a plane or hang gliding by himself or with a student. An accomplished musician, Curt played the violin and guitar in orchestras, bands and at home.

He is also survived by his daughter, Julie Ann Wilson, and grandson, Sam Miller, of Coleraine, Minnesota; granddaughter Kyra Anne Wilson, of Swan River, Minnesota; his brothers Keith L. Wilson of Huntsville, Alabama, Joel D. Wilson of Cloquet and Ross N. Wilson of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; his uncle, Thomas (Cecilia) Fay, and their son, Phillip, of Rockford, Illinois; his aunt, Esther Fay of Champaign, Illinois; nieces and nephews, Sarah and Greg Partridge of Atlanta, Ryan Wilson of Huntsville, Laura Wilson and Nancy (Craig) Korpela of Shoreview, Minnesota, and Jennifer Milbrandt of Forest Lake, Minnesota; inlaws Douglas and Georgiana Sweetman of Conway, South Carolina; and countless family friends.

Arrangements are being handled by William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York. On Saturday, Nov. 30 calling hours will be held 1-3 p.m., directly followed by a memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bardavon Opera House, the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley or Mental Health America of Dutchess County, all based in Poughkeepsie.

Printed in the Pine Knot News, Nov. 29, 2019.

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