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Fred Nelson Curry

Fred Nelson Curry, age 81, of Dassel, died Monday, June 18, 2007, at the Cokato Manor.

He was born May 1, 1926 in Grafton, W.V., the son of William and Velma (Tucker) Curry. He grew up in West Virginia, where he attended school for his education.

A man who accomplished much over his lifetime, Fred worked as a coal miner in West Virginia, a station attendant, auto mechanic, truck driver, and plastic fabricator, and painted barns, farm elevators, and granaries. He resided in several states, including Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

Fred was united in marriage to Gail Lehman Aug. 15, 1964 in Sheldon, Wis. They shared 38 years of marriage.

Together, they made their home in various cities in Wisconsin and Minnesota. For the past 35 years, Fred resided in the Dassel area. He entered the Cokato Manor Jan. 24 to recover from an illness, but following several hospital stays, he decided to add hospice to his journey.

Fred loved to listen to old gospel music, and could tell you all about the members of those gospel groups. He enjoyed talking on his CB radio, where he was known as the “Bald Eagle,” and had made friends from all over the country.

Fred loved to tinker in his shop, on snowmobiles, cars, tractors, or lawn mowers. He knew how to fix any problem that you may have had with an engine. He enjoyed spending time outside cutting and splitting wood, fishing, and vegetable gardening. He once grew the largest tomato plants in the area.

Fred is survived by his children, Deb (Dean) Froemming of Hutchinson, Lynn Curry (Randy) Garza of Houston, Texas, and Jeff (Gina) Curry of Cokato; three grandchildren, Isabella Garza, Daniel Froemming, and Jennifer Froemming; three sisters, Ruth (Larry) Borsch of Brainerd, Luella VonMosch of Richfield, and Helen (Gary) Zaun of Harvest, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gail, Jan. 29, 2003; his parents; three brothers, Rex Cooper, Brenford Currey, and Melburn Currey; and a sister, Katie Wollan.

Visitation took place at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel Thursday evening, June 21 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Private interment took place at the Dassel Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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