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6/27/2017 11:30:00 AM
Curtis Eugene Morken October 2, 1928 - June 15, 2017

Curtis Eugene Morken was born October 2, 1928, in Madison, Minnesota, to Dora and Elmer Morken. He had a brother, Wayne; and sisters, Eunice and Corrine.

After school, he moved to Minneapolis to attend vocational school, then began a career as an upholsterer. While in Minneapolis, he married his high school sweetheart, Dixie Greenman, on June 18, 1948. The couple moved to Southern California to be near Dixie's parents.

After the birth of their son, Rick, they moved to Milton Freewater, Oregon. There, Curt worked for Recap Rubber. Then they moved to Ritter, Oregon and had a daughter, Vicki. While in Ritter, Curt worked in forestry and helped pave the road to Ritter from Highway 395, along the John Day River.

The Morkens returned to California when Curt was hired by Lockheed. With layoffs, he started working for UPS. He began as a driver and then advanced to customer service, retiring after 26 years.

In 1984, the couple moved to Sisters, where they built their home at Indian Ford Ranch. Many new acquaintances encouraged them to join Sisters Rodeo Association, where they both became very active and developed many friendships.

Curt was an avid fisherman, golfer and hunter. He loved to play cribbage. He helped organize the Sisters Cribbage Club, which met upstairs in The Hotel Sisters for several years.

In a marriage of 69 years, Curt never lost his sense of romance. He loved to purchase gifts for Dixie, from clothes to jewelry and cars. The staff at Leavitt's Western Wear enjoyed helping him find the right outfit for Dixie at least twice a year and on special occasions.

Curt was a member of the Pasadena Masonic Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and Sisters Rodeo Association.

He is survived by his wife, Dixie; son Rick (Eilene); daughter Vicki; sister Corrine Gustafson; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Deschutes Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, June 21.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances in Curt's name be made to Sisters Rodeo Association (P.O. Box 1018, Sisters, OR 97759) or the Pasadena Masonic Lodge (200 S. Euclid Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101).

The Morken family would like to thank all the people for the flowers and cards, also for coming to his memorial. He would have really been pleased.

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