January 2, 1954 – January 24, 2012
Curt passed away on January 24, 2012 from complications of his long and courageous battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Debbie (ne: Lilja). He was born in Colorado Springs to Marjorie Vice of Security, and the late Kenneth Henline. He is survived by his brothers: Russell, Ralph (Sue), Stan, and Paul. He was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin.
Curt is also survived by his Chicago family, Eleanor Lilja (late: Marion Lilja), Janet Zemke, Gail Lilja (Jim Benz), Michael Lilja (Monica), and Cindy Lilja (Jeff Kantor). He had many nephews and nieces in Colorado Springs and the Chicago area. We drove I-80 so many times.
He will also be missed by his many friends and Union brothers with whom happy memories and exciting adventures were created and shared. Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.
He was a longtime member of the UBC Carpenter’s Local Union 515. He worked mainly in commercial construction of many buildings in the state of Colorado. He also worked in the ‘oil field’ in several states, including Alaska. Curt had many stories to share about his many adventures in work and play. He met challenges with determination and found peace and spirituality in hiking mountain trails.
He loved hiking 14ers and many local trails. He loved biking, dirt biking, 4-wheeling, camping, and snow sports of all kinds. His other passion was supporting Democratic principles.
Please join us for a celebration of his life on January 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Shrine of Remembrance. A reception will follow at the Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center, 975 South Union Boulevard.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance, RMCA, 1161 South Vivian Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80228, or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 720 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80246, or Brent’s Place, 11980 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80010.
Deep Appreciation is extended to all of the healthcare workers who supported him through this latest journey. Thank you, Dr. Tell and Dr. Bearman. You gave us hope with your special care. And, to the entire team of nurses, you were always compassionate and caring.