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Curtis Quam

March 10, 1959 — April 5, 2015

Curtis James Quam, age 56, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 5th, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fargo, ND. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11th, at Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Dan Cole officiating. Interment will be in Kingo Lutheran Cemetery, Fosston. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at carlinhoialmen.com.Curtis James Quam was born on March 10, 1959 in Fosston, Minnesota to Pervin and Jean (Torkelson) Quam .He graduated from Fosston High School and Moorhead Community College and also attended MSU-Moorhead. Curt worked for his father's business, Quam Construction, for many years and like his father, developed a love of woodworking. He often gifted family with handcrafted projects - lawn ornaments, toy boxes, shelves, stools and the like. Curt had a passion for books. He could often be seen at the picnic table in his back yard, reading the latest Stephen King or John Grisham novel under the trees with a cool breeze blowing. He enjoyed the outdoors - camping, fishing, and gardening. He loved going to Cross Lake and catching a few fish off the dock. He enjoyed great fellowship and camping with his buddies at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers group - helping to keep pioneer farming traditions alive. Each August he attended the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival, enjoying the outdoor music festival. He grew a great vegetable garden and shared raspberries and strawberries with family and friends. His special cherry tree provided fruit for a potential pie. He offered up bouquets of lilacs from his back yard, or a rose blossom from the front.Curt could often be seen taking his walk around the neighborhood, sometimes stopping to chat with neighbors.Curt loved car racing - at the West Fargo and Ada Speedways as well as on the ice in Erskine and Nascar on TV. He was an avidMinnesota Gopher hockey fan. Curt treasured good times with Fosston's Class of '77 - reuniting and sharing memories.Curt was a thoughtful person, a gentle soul and a good friend. His kindnesses were many.His determination was admirable. When he set his mind to something, it was done. If a challenge arose, he met it head on. Most of all, Curt loved his family and taught us so much about appreciating the simple things in life. When his father died 20years ago, Curt stepped in and became his mom's "rock" and constant companion. He left us too soon, but his leaving has taught us even more lessons about how to be a good friend, a caring uncle and great uncle, a wonderful brother, and a loving son.Curt left this earthly world for his heavenly home on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Curt will be greatly missed by his mother, Jean; sister, Deb (Gary) Watne; brother, Gary (Twila); nieces, Amy (Jon) Paul and Kari (Matt) Kramer; nephews, Brandon and Christian Quam; great nieces, Jallison and Lucylia Paul; and great nephew, Garrison Kramer. Curt was welcomed into heaven by his dad, Pervin Quam; uncle, Art Quam; and grandparents, Alice and Edwin Quam.
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