Dr. Curtis Neal Stolee, age 89, of Belle Plaine and formerly of St. Peter, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Peter. Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Peter, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church as well. Burial will take place in Sunset Memorial Park, Minneapolis.
Curt lived a full and remarkable life. He was born June 1, 1930 in Faribault, MN to Chris and Nellie (Walker) Stolee of Kenyon. He graduated from Kenyon High School in 1948 and St. Olaf College in 1952. He then entered the University of Minnesota Medical School. He married Margaret Lunde of Calmar, Iowa on July 22, 1954. Upon graduation in 1956, he was selected for membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
After completing an internship at Minneapolis General Hospital he was inducted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps for a two year assignment, most of which was served in South Korea. Peg was able to serve as a nursing instructor for one year with a Methodist Mission Hospital in Seoul. Curt was blessed being the only member of the 1st Cavalry Division to have his American wife in Korea. They were able to start their family in Korea by adopting a two year old boy, Chris.
Following discharge from the Army they were called as Medical Missionaries to Madagascar by the American Lutheran Church where they served joyously over a 13 year period. During this time they adopted their other 4 children: Philip, Lois, Nancy and Thomas. Upon resignation from the mission field he joined a clinic in St. Peter, MN where he enjoyed the privilege of caring for many people. During his last several years as a doctor he had opportunities to continue his medical work in Australia and Northern Alaska and elsewhere. He retired fully in 2005.
Some of Curt’s interests involved travels both here and abroad, as well as his church commitments which included several committees, community service such as Rotary, Kiwanis and Boy Scouts. His hobbies included gardening, sharing the produce with family and friends, biking, cross country skiing and fishing especially at their cabin in northern WI. Curt loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Curt and Peg were greatly blessed to have spent 65 wonderful years of marriage together, which included many adventures.
Curt is survived by his wife- Margaret (Peg); Children- Chris (Marita); Phil (Angie) children Jan (Brandon) Rustman, Dan, Nikki (Tony) Moreno, Ben, Morgan; Lois (Tim) Eklund children Ryan (Erika), Andrew, Brittany; Nancy (John) Albright children Nick and Emily; Tom (Amy) children Tyler, Allison (Luke) Bristlin; and 4 great grandchildren.