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Curtis H. Holt

May 4, 1933 — February 7, 2023

Maple Grove

Curtis H. Holt

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Holt, Curtis H.

age 89 of Maple Grove, passed away on Feb. 7, 2023, surrounded by his children.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Joan; parents, Cora and Melvin Holt; sister, Marvel Decker.  He is survived by his children, Bruce (Kara), Ann (George) Kyrilis and Peter (Jamie); grandchildren Brian (Ida) Kyrilis, Matthew Kyrilis, Ryan Holt, Blake Holt, Logan Holt, Dylan Holt and Sydney Holt; great-granddaughters Dany and Thea Kyrilis.

Curt was a kind, devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.   He was born and raised in LaMoure, ND on May 4, 1933.  His future wife, Joan, lived 10 miles from LaMoure on a farm in Grand Rapids, ND.  Curt and Joan became classmates in the 10th grade when Joan moved from her small country school and attended school in LaMoure.  Even though they were classmates, they never dated during high school.  After graduating from LaMoure HS in 1951, Curt attended Concordia College in Moorhead MN. Just as in high school, he was a multi-sport athlete while at Concordia and was honored to be a Co-Captain of the football team.  His favorite of all the sports he played was football, at which he seemed to excel. Joan also ended up in the Fargo/Moorhead area attending St Luke’s for nursing.  Their first date was during this time when Joan was finishing her training as a Registered Nurse and Curt was a senior in college.

Curt graduated from Concordia College in 1955 with a degree in business and physical education. He began his career as a dedicated football coach and business teacher at Granite Falls HS.  Later that year, Joan and Curt were married on December 27th.  In 1962 Curt left Granite Falls, the coaching job and students he loved to join the FBI.  After spending time at offices in Dallas and Tyler, TX, Phoenix and Tucson AZ, and Los Angeles, he ended up in Lancaster CA where he lived from 1967 thru mid-2015.  Lancaster and the surrounding area were considered a one-man residence agency (RA) so most of the time he worked alone.  Curt retired from the FBI in 1984, serving his country for 22 years as a Special Agent.

After retiring from the FBI, Curt worked as a security Investigator with Rockwell International Space Division.  He also conducted security clearance investigations for the FBI and State Department and worked as an insurance agent with Lutheran Brotherhood (later Thrivent).  He also kept busy with all volunteer activities at their church in Lancaster.  Not only did he serve on several boards and hold multiple church council positions, but he also took responsibility for janitorial duties and adding the weekly inspirational or thought-provoking quotes to the church sign for others to see as they drove by.  His other favorite pastimes were reading, watching any sport on TV and staying involved with the activities of his grandchildren.

In 2014 his life unexpectedly changed when Joan suffered a stroke in July.  Curt didn’t miss a beat and was devoted to caring for his beloved wife any way he could. Curt and Joan moved from CA to MN in May of 2015 to be close to family.  Curt always made sure to stay connected to their friends from the places they had lived, however, many new friendships began at their new home, a senior facility in Maple Grove, SilverCreek on Main.  Curt never wanted to live in a place with hallways, but he quickly realized it was the best place to be after meeting so many wonderful new friends.  Sadly, Curt lost his wife Joan on Dec 19, 2019, one week shy of their 64th anniversary.  Even though he lived there for only 7 ½ years, the friendships he gained profoundly impacted his life, especially after losing Joan.

The last few years for Curt were very good except for 2022.  After a series of falls and other unexpected medical issues, Curt lost his battle with an aggressive cancer which was diagnosed in September.   During this time his faith never wavered.  Curt continued to stay positive and focus on his faith, family and friends for whatever time he had left.

Curt lived by his faith, shared his kindness with all and showed respect to everyone.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial service 11 AM, Thursday, April 20 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 12235 Old Rockford Rd., Plymouth.  Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  With visitation one hour prior to the service. Light lunch will follow service. Memorials are preferred to Mt Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth.

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