CURTIS HERBERT

 

         Curtis O. Herbert, age 68, formerly of Faribault and Roseville, died on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Life Care Center of Acton, MA.
         Graveside services will be held at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault, on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 10 a.m. with the Reverend Michael Mandsager, pastor of First English Lutheran Church, Faribault officiating.
         Curtis Oliver, the son of Oliver Herbert and Jane (Arntzen) Herbert Ullevig, was born July 11, 1940 in Red Wing.  He graduated from Faribault High School in 1958 and went on to Luther College in Decorah, IA before eventually receiving his Masterís Degree in Math from the University of Minnesota.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  Curt was employed as a Senior Systems Analyst for the State of Minnesota, Tax Division.  He was a member of the Swedish Institute of Minneapolis.
         He is survived by his sister, Dian (and Breck) Hosmer of Lowell, MA; two nephews, Brad (and Cindy) Parmenter and their daughter, Emily; and Adam (and Akiko) Hosmer and their children, Rene and Teddy; one niece, Lindsay (and Michael) Goodwin and their daughter, Willa.
         He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Carl Ullevig; and a brother, Bruce Herbert.



Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below

Name:

Kathy Schwartzbauer
Email:
kschwartzbauer@hotmail.com
Date:
Friday May 15, 2009

Memories

Curt, was a very dear friend. We met at work but became good friends outside of the workplace. He was a special person and had a gentle spirit. Curt had so many varied interests and we shared many conversations. I am so grateful for Curt's friendship and I miss him very much. I will always treasure his friendship and memory. The best way I can descibe Curt is 'He was a gentle man'. I am so sorry for your loss, Dian.

Name:
Bruce Kruger
Email:
Kruger444@hotmail.com
Date:
Tuesday April 21, 2009

Memories

My wife (Patricia Bauer Kruger) and I were classmates of Curtis, and I learned of his death almost by accident and too late to come to Faribault (another classmate and very good friend, Gretchen Schwitzenberg Nelson, died on Sunday and her obit was published at the same time as Curt's). Although we have lost contact with him, I noticed his absence at the 50th FHS reunion last summer. Our memories related to those years, and especially to his music and his academic achievements. He was the director of the FHS pep band--it was one of the very best, despite having the misfortune to try to create pep for the worst basketball team in school history (I was one of the "slugs" on those teams). On a brighter note, he and I shared many a classroom, since both of us were in the math/science college prep track. Curtis, along with Jim Weaver and Lowell Kispert, was tough competiton! We certainly shared many a class from Lawrence Knutson. I bet Curtis shared my opinion that he was one of the best instructors any of us ever had! Above all, however, I remember Curtis' quiet smile and gentle humor. Our sympathy and best wishes to you, his family. You have lost a fine brother and uncle. Bruce Kruger

Name:
Don Maher
Email:
don.maher@state.mn.us
Date:
Tuesday April 21, 2009

Memories

I am saddened to hear of Curt's passing. I worked with Curt over a period of 33 years on several systems and for two different state departments. During the last few years I was his supervisor. He didn't require much supervision. He was a meticulous individual. His attention to detail produced excellent results on all his assignments. Not only was he excellent at analysis and coding but he produced what was probably the best documentation we have. We appreciatively refer to his style as "Curtese." Since we learned of his passing, a couple of comments I've heard: "He was the best SQL coder I've met. He taught me a few things about SQL." (From an Information Systems Supervisor) "Though I never met him, I know his coding. He was a hell of a bit banger." (From an analyst who has responsibility for maintaining some of Curt's C program code) "I'd sit in meetings and listen to Curt and not understand what he said but I knew he understood what was needed." (From a non-technical business staffer) When Curt was semi-retired and working half-time, I was supposed to visit him periodically to see his work area, etc. I only visited once. All of us who worked with Curt knew that he didn't need to be checked-on. We would receive emails from him with time stamps well before and after his scheduled work hours. He took his work very seriously. I felt a kind of special kinship with Curt because I am also originally from Faribault. I met his mother once when visiting an aunt at the nursing home. She spoke very highly of Curt and his sister. I know Curt was very attentive to his mother's needs in her last years. He modified his work schedule so he could always see her on Tuesday afternoons. Curt was a very private person but well-liked. I knew he wasn't well when I last saw him in July of 2007. I am truly saddened by his passing. I plan to attend the graveside services tomorrow. My sincere condolences and sympathy.