Curtis Kjonaas

curtis kjonaas

Curtis Kjonaas A.K.A. “Gentle Giant”, 68, was called to heaven Saturday, August 17, 2013. 

Curt was born in Bottineau, ND on February 11, 1945 to Kermit and Myrtle Kjonaas.  He graduated from Glenburn High School in 1963.  After attending college he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined the farming business.  His heart was in every seed he sowed. He enjoyed long hours in the field and always shared a friendly wave as he passed by neighbors. 

Curt took great pride in everything his hands touched.  He enjoyed designing and building race cars for his son Karie and other race car drivers.  In later years, he built AWANA race cars for his grandsons, toy chests, and bikes.  He fixed family cars and any household issue you could imagine.

He was previously married to Josephine Long and from that union 2children were born.

Curt married Pam Mickelson on February 4, 1999.  They moved to Fargo in 2002.  It was in Fargo where Curt found a new hobby.  He purchased his first MG and joined the “British Iron Society”.  Curt absolutely loved taking his family for rides in his little car, his last one was a cherry red BMW.  It was the norm for Curt to join the Club for coffee on Saturday morning.  The men of that club were like an extension of Curt’s family.  Not only did he enjoy this new found male bonding time, but he also helped Pam accomplish new things with her quilting hobby.  He helped her cut fabric, measure things out, and get the layout configured.  And the color!  Oh yes, Curt had an eye for color!  He gushed over the quilts almost more than Pam did, he was always proud of Pam’s latest accomplishments.  If you ever visited their home in Kindred, you would see a brilliantly laid out home that he designed especially for himself and Pam.  Many state of the art features that he loved to explain to anyone who was interested in listening!  Curt’s heart is in that home.

Curt was a good hearted man.  You would see this during moments he shared with his grandchildren and the way he cared for Pam.  He was up every morning with her, gave her rides to work and would make sure there was a hot meal waiting when she got off of work late.  They enjoyed nightly games of dominos or cards and shared many laughs. 

The last few years, Curt decided to get a job.  He joined the Kindred Public School as a bus driver.  What an amazing side of Curt poured out from this endeavor!  He enjoyed his routine bus route, but also enjoyed taking the kids to games, dance competition, and on field trips.  He shared various stories from his many trips.  Also, after Curt’s diagnosis he received many get well cards from the children on his bus route, those definitely made his eyes sparkle with happiness.

We are saying goodbye to such a dear, gentle man.  Curt fought a valiant fight against cancer and was able to enjoy many moments of pleasure during his last months of life. He will be missed immensely and never forgotten. 

Curt was preceded in death by Billie Jean Kjonaas (daughter), parents Kermit & Myrtle Kjonaas

He is survived by his wife, Pam Kjonaas, Kindred, ND, step-daughters, Melissa Mickelson Grand Forks, ND,  Brenda (Alex) Conejo, Minot, ND, son, Karie Kjonaas, and step-children, Jolene, Heath and Arthur Kjonaas and their children,  four loving little grandchildren;  Kendall & Kaeden Kjonaas, and Avelina & Karlei Conejo, sisters and brother,  Donna (Murray) Kjonaas,  Fargo, ND, Merle (Eileen) Kjonaas, Iowa City, Iowa and Bette (Hal) Tarvestad, Lansford, ND.

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  1. My sympathy to all of Curt’s children and especially Karie who I know much better. Your Dad was a very kind helpful man who was always appreciated by my Dad and family.

  2. Westhope ndOur sympathy to all of Curt’s family. We knew him well since the 70’s. Remember well how happy he was to adopt Jolene, Arthur, and Heath. Curt and Jo were our supervisors for foreign exchange students. Many good memories……

  3. Minot ND
    Sorry to hear about Curt’s passing, I remember farming land next to him for many years. We would stop and talk, I would always learn something new or come away with an idea on how to fix something. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Burlington ND
    May You Hold Dear In Your Heart Your Treasured Memories.
    With Deepest Sympathy.
    Gary & Yvonne Gravseth

  5. Westhope ndMy sympathy to all of Curt’s children. I remember how happy Curt was when he adopted Heath, Jolene, and Arthur back in 1975.It was after a accident in which Jo was seriously injured, but she recovered and he decided he did not want to ever worry about the losing the children, so started the adoption process.That was a happy time! He was a caring man, I remember the fantastic party he put on for Jo when she graduated from college. Quite the entertainer! Curt and Jo were also involved with the Foreign Exchange Student program, and we had the honor of having one student from Japan and another from Germany. Curt and Jo were so helpful in these placements. And if there were any questions they would drive right up here and ready to lend a hand.God bless the happy memories of Curt Kjonaas.

  6. Maxbass ND
    Pam and family of Curtis
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Darrell and Gladys

  7. Minot ND

    I was so sorry to read of Curt’s death in the Minot Daily. I didn’t know him but it sound like he was a great person.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.


  8. fargo To the family of Curt Kjonaas,

    thoughts and prayers to all of you in this tough time,it is never easy to loose a love one but God has a plan for everyone and now Curt has angel wings to watch over his family that he loved so much.

  9. Fargo ND
    Curt was a great man. I am so blessed to call him my friend. He will forever be known as my farmer friend who drove bus and took on a mission to install hardware with me at the school. There wasn’t a task he wasn’t willing to take on. He knew so many things! He and I became great friends in such a short time. He was definitely an angel to me last summer. He loved his family and shared many stories. I am sorry for your loss.

  10. milwaukee wiFrom my family to yours our deepest sympathies.Many thoughts and prayers to you all. Curt will be greatly missed.GOD has gained an amazing angel.

  11. Minot ND
    I didn’t know Curt as well as I know the rest of the family but his love for them and they for him was so obvious and a part of every gathering. He will be missed but he is watching over you all and you will be together again someday. He is in no pain and in God’s loving arms. Prayers to you all.

  12. MInot ND
    No matter how long we have to get ready it is still a final loss that takes time to deal with. Pan please know that we will continue to pray for you and your family. Curt and Dan so easily could converse with their down home interests and abilities. Take care of yourselves. Andrea.

    So sorry for the loss of Curt. He let me drive one of his racecars once in Williston about 1989. It was an awesome thing to do! I got lapped once but never spun out. Afterwards I said Karie its all yours. I think I better just be a spectator!

  14. Lander WyomingMay The Lord wrap his loving arms around you all and comfort you during your time of sorrow. I have many wonderful memories of great times we would get together. Bless you all.

  15. riverton w.y.i will miss you curt we were togather a lot when we were yong and when we grew up kind of drifted when wemoved to wy l

  16. Kindred Dear Pam and Family,

    Please know that you are near and dear to our hearts!! We truly love and appreciate your friendship!! Curt will be deeply missed by all. His friendly smile, kind demeanor, wealth of knowledge, and friendship will continue to be with us now in spirit. He ran the race of life well.

    Loving and praying for you-

    Chris and Jolene

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