Curry, Keith Wallace Age 93, of New Hope, died suddenly and unexpectedly April 5, 2016. Born July 25, 1922 in Prophetstown, IL to Taylor Rigg Curry and Marcella Charlotte Lindberg Curry. Keith grew up in the small town of Prophetstown surrounded by the love and support of a large extended family. Despite being hard hit by the Depression, his family found the positives in the world and Keith never realized they were poor. Patriotic but always practical, Keith chose to enlist in the Navy in 1942 because he wanted to sleep in a dry bed in case he went to war. He became a F6F Hellcat pilot assigned to the carrier USS Belleau Wood in the Western Pacific. He logged 90 carrier landings and received many medals and citations for his combat service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Once discharged, Keith returned to Illinois and met Lois Watt on a blind date. It was love at first sight and they married August 10, 1946. Their loving marriage lasted for 69 years until Lois' death last August. They lived in married student housing while Keith went to Purdue on the GI Bill. After graduating in 1949 with a degree in chemical engineering, he worked for 39 years in the titanium and aluminum industries starting in R & D and ending as plant manager. During his career he was involved in many space- race projects for the military and NASA. Keith and Lois moved many times (West Lafayette, IN, Bowling Green and Steubenville, OH; Henderson, NV; LaGrange, GA; Sunset Beach, NC; Sun City, AZ; Muskegon, MI and finally Minnesota). In each town, Keith was active in community service and served as President or a Board member in nearly every organization he joined PTA, Community Chest, Kiwanis, Rotary, Steubenville Chamber of Commerce, Sales and Executive Club, two country clubs, Airport Advisory Committee and was instrumental in setting up the curriculum of the newly formed Jefferson County (Ohio) Tech School. He was a proud Mason and Shriner. Keith loved life and it loved him back. He was kind, romantic, wise, a hard worker and a gentleman. He remained physically fit and engaged his entire life. He enjoyed good food, college basketball (especially Purdue), a good joke, reading and was always Mr. Social. His greatest joy was his family especially his beloved Lois. He was a man of many talents: story- teller, whistler, puzzler, excellent golfer, gardener, poker player, pickle maker and sock darner. Keith was extremely proud of his kids and grandkids and would talk about them to whoever would listen. We were honored to have him as our Dad and Grandfather and are grateful for the many life-lessons we learned from him: he taught us how to fold paper hats, how to read a map, how to body-surf, about the night sky and to reach for the stars. The two most important things this amazing man taught us was that we were put on earth to give back by serving others and that love of family matters most. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Kenneth, sisters Doris Ann and Dianne and wife, Lois. He is survived by daughter Dianne Fenyk (John) of Golden Valley, sons Douglas Curry (Laura) of Rapid River, MI and James Curry (Nancy) of Kalamazoo, MI; grandchildren, Heather Fenyk (Alex Zakrewsky), Juliet Fenyk (Todd Billadeau), Taylor and Sydney Curry, Sara Pfeil (Nathaniel), Erin Belanger (Ted) and Keith Curry; great-granddaughters, Maya Fenyk, Sophia & Sage Billadeau, Brooklynn Pfeil and sister, Dorothy Rush. A special thank you to the caring staff at the Residence of North Ridge. Burial at Ft. Snelling. Private service to be held in Michigan.