EUGENE R. CURNOWEugene R. Curnow, 68, died in St. Luke's Hospice Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Eugene R. Curnow, 68, died in St. Luke's Hospice Thursday, March 28, 2013.
He was born Aug. 9, 1944, the son of Reverend Fred M. and Angela (Moren) Curnow,
Gene grew up in the Duluth's Central Hillside, graduating from Duluth Central High School in 1962. After graduation, he attended UMD for a time. He married Barbara J. Dick on March 23, 1963; Barb and Gene enjoyed the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, March 23. Gene worked for 10 years at the U.S. Steel Plant in Morgan Park followed by 20 years at Diamond Tool and Horseshoe Company, most recently he worked at the Lakeside Manor assisted living facility.
Gene's running career started at the age of 40, when he watched Grandma's Marathon and decided that he wanted to try running it. After that, running and volunteering at races became his life. Gene was a veteran runner of more than 200 marathons and ultramarathons including 14 100-mile races. In 1992, he founded the Half Voyageur Marathon as a training run for the Voyageur Fifty Mile race.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Angela Curnow; and brothers Joseph, Fritz, Martin, and Lawrence Curnow.
Gene is survived by his wife Barbara; sons Billy (Louise) Curnow, Gene Jr. (Kris) Curnow; daughter Barbara (Steve) Bengtson; grandchildren Haley, Will, Macy, Billy, Cullen, Braden, and Larson. He is also survived by his sisters Patricia Weiland, Angela Wolling, and Heidi Curnow, as well as several nieces and nephews.
GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 4 to 7 p.m. April 4, 2013 in the Cremation Society in West Duluth, with a short memorial service beginning at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Luke's Hospice, 220 N. 6th Ave E., Duluth, MN 55805.
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