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Adolph Curtis "Curt" Mommsen, 86

Curt was born to Adolph and Helen Mommsen in Berlin, Wis., and grew up in New Richmond, Wis. After high school he joined the Navy where he spent two years in San Diego, Calif., and Pensacola, Fla. Curt earned a bachelor of science degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1952, and went on to teach high school science in Durand, Wis., for one year.

In 1953, Curt married Ginny Peterson and they had three sons. Also in 1953, Curt took a job with Metal-Matic Inc. where he worked as a mechanical engineer and director of engineering for 40 years.

Curt was a downhill skiing pioneer, he loved recreational skiing and ski racing. Curt felt most at home in the stern of a canoe. Over six decades he paddled thousands of miles and camped on nearly every lake in the BWCA and Quetico. He was a master craftsman who built and helped build dozens of wood strip canoes. Most of all, Curt was a listener and an advisor. If you had a question or a problem about anything, Curt would be the one you would call. He is missed by family, friends and his special canine companion, Nani.

Curt was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Laddie and Bob; sisters, Phoebe, Mildred and Sylvia; and grandson Tanner.

Curt is survived by wife, Ginny; and sons, Craig, Tony (Kathy) and Peter; brother, Gordon (Eleanor); grandchildren, Reann (Jeff), Lanny, Chris, and Michael; and many nieces and nephews.

Curt Canoe Flotilla, Osceola landing (Minnesota side): meet at 9 a.m.; launch at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28th. Did Curt help you build a canoe? Bring it! Manufactured canoes are fine, too.

Also, a celebration of Curt's life - Sharing of Memories - Refreshments - Music: Saturday, June 28, 12-4 p.m. at Trollhaugen Ski Area.