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Kurt E. Modest, CMSgt US Army, ret.

Kurt E. Modest, CMSgt US Army, ret.

Kurt Ernst Modest, CMSgt. US Air Force, ret., 89, of rural Tenstrike died on April 24, 2019 at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Military Services and Honors will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Cease Funeral Home in Blackduck, MN. Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post # 372 of Blackduck. Inurnment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Blackduck, MN at a later date.

Kurt was born on May 17, 1929 in Gross Rudlauken, East Prussia, the son of Fritz and Anna (Gronau) Modest.

He lost his father at the age of two. He immigrated to Phoenix, AZ in 1953, where he met and fell in love with Isabell Ott. They were united in marriage on August 5, 1953 in Phoenix. He then joined the US Air Force and retired 22 years later with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant on March 18, 1976. He worked in Ground Radio Communications while serving in Germany, Taiwan and the United States. They retired in Germany where he worked building 2 homes while teaching electronics for the University of Maryland to the US military. They moved in 2016 to live near his daughter in Hagali Township, MN. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing chess.

Kurt is lovingly survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Isabell Modest of Tenstrike, MN; son, Ron (Stepheni Reynolds) Modest of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter, Sue (Jerry) Young of Tenstrike, MN; and 4 grandsons, Corey (Erin) Young of Austin, TX, Sgt. Shawn Young, US Army, Aaron (Lee Ann Fraley) Young of St. Cloud, MN and Kaleb (Kelsey) Young of Tenstrike, MN.

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