Curtis LaVerne Teigen
Aug. 4, 1938 – Apr. 21, 2018
Curtis LaVerne Teigen, 79, Rugby died on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Trinity Hospital in Minot, North Dakota. Curt was born on August 4, 1938 in Rugby to Chester and Pearl (Johnson) Teigen and grew up on a farm near Berwick. He was very proud of his early education he received in the Berwick school and graduated from Rugby High School in 1956. While in school he was an active team member playing basketball, football, and track. During his high school years he was part of the Future Farmers of America and served as a state officer, named the FFA American Farmer, and placed second in the state public speaking contest. He also enlisted in
the North Dakota Army National Guard unit in Rugby while in high school, which he continued into his college years.
After high school graduation, Curt enrolled in North Dakota State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences.
During this time he married Bonny Corrine Gunderson in Rugby on August 18, 1957. They moved to Rolette where he taught vocational agriculture at the Rolette High
School for 4 years (1961-1965). He and Bonny farmed in Pierce County Christenson Township for a time. For over 25 years he was employed at Rugby Equipment, Inc.
After his first retirement he was on the staff of Merchants Bank for over 10 years, eventually as president of the bank. After his final retirement he and Bonny lived in
Rugby and at a home in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota.
Curt gave a very large part of his life to public service by his service to the City of Rugby with several terms as a Council Member and the various regional committees.
He served a term as Mayor in 1990. In addition he served on the Economic Development Corporation, Rugby Ambulance Board, and the council of First Lutheran Church including congregation president of which he was a member. Curt also had a dream of constructing a jail which now operates as the Heart of America
To say that Curt collected things would be an understatement. He gathered up countless John Deere toy tractors as a member of the Toy Tractors Association, and other items associated with John Deere. Curt enjoyed tracking down sport memorabilia and seeking autographs from sports celebrities. The Teigen home is decorated with wildlife art and includes entomology specimens from his college days.
But most of all, Curt supported, without fail, the Rugby High School Panthers athletic programs.
Curt’s family are his wife Bonny, and two children David and his wife Madeleine Teigen Sacramento, California and Curt Jr. and his wife Shannon Devils Lake. Six grandchildren will miss their grandfather, Shelby, Kaelyn, Jackson, Lindsey, Ryan, and Andrew. Curt also leaves a brother, Clinton Teigen – Austin, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by their daughter, Tanis in 1992, and a brother, Calvin in 2003.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 2:30 P.M. at First Lutheran Church in Rugby with Rev. Michael Pretzer and Rev. Sharon Baker officiating. Steve Mueller and Alisha Pretzer provided vocal music. Greg Brossart, Mike Bryn, Chuck Chaffee, Al Jacobson, Mark Molesworth, and Rick Olson carried the casket.
Some close friends, Arlen & Charlotte Blessum, Ruth Fedje, Eldon & Sylvia Heidlebaugh, Gary & Helen Laughridge, Delmer & Marlys Ostrem, and Harold & Marlys Ostrem served as honorary casket bearers.
Military honors were provided by the Clarence A. Larson Post # 23 American Legion and the North Dakota Military Honors Detail.
Interment will be later in Persilla Watts Cemetery in Rugby.
Niewoehner Funeral Home – Rugby 776-6222
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