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Curtis George Abbott was born Oct. 4, 1941 in rural Dent, to Orton Robert and Adeline Ella Lottie (Harthun) Abbott.

The family moved several times, settling on a farm on Star Lake in 1947. Curt attended country school through eighth grade and one year of high school in Pelican Rapids. In 1984, Curt received his GED.

Curt joined the Navy in February 1961 and spent four years on the USS Iwo Jima helicopter carrier stationed in San Diego.

He met Rita Wasson in Minneapolis in March of 1965. The couple was married on Sept. 4, 1965 in Spring Valley, Wis.

Curt worked in Minneapolis at Minneapolis Moline and in 1966 bought his own gravel truck. He worked construction in the Minneapolis area changing over to hauling grain until the summer of 1974. The couple moved to Dent and owned and operated Curt's Repair, Curt's Auto Sales and Storage until January 2000.

The couple had two children, Carl Anthony born July 1, 1966 and Michelle Marie born March 10, 1970.

Curt is survived by his wife, Rita; son, Carl (Jenny) of Almelund, Minn. and their children, Cody (21), Anna (13) and Tyler (10); and daughter, Michelle (Larry) Shereck of Moorhead, Minn. and their children Lindsey (24), Benjamin (17) and Curtis (12); three sisters, Beyerly (Carl) Modine, Marlene (Morris) Martinson and Bernice (Ed) Genoch, all of Dent; one brother, Gary (Linda) Abbott of Roy, Mont.; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Orton Robert; mother, Adeline Ella Lottie; and grandson, Alexander Ray Shereck.

Curt died of multiple medical complications at the Fargo VA on April 11, 2013.

Blessed be the amazing memories of Curt.

A donation will be made in Loving Memory of Curtis G. Abbott to the Wounded Warrior Families Foundation.

The project was inspired by the original song "Wounded Warrior" written by Purple Heart recipient Rusty Quart, whose experience as a wounded veteran has affected his life and the lives of his family and extended family in profound ways. The song was recorded in Nashville by Country Music recording artist Michael Lusk.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 14, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dent.

Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery - Dora Twp, rural Dent.

Arrangements are with Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham (218-346-5175). For online condolenc-es visit