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 Curtis A. Werden

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Curtis A. Werden

Birth
Death
10 May 2011 (aged 88)
Burial
Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID
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from Gary Granger (#46957321)
World War II P-51 Fighter Pilot Curtis Alden Werden
Jan. 23, 1923 - May 10, 2011

MONTROSE - Curtis Werden, age 88, passed away on Tuesday
morning, May 10, 2011, at San Juan Living Center, with his
loving family at his side.

Curtis Alden Werden was born on Jan. 23, 1923, in Island
Lake, Ill. to parents, John Alden and Corla (Francisco)
Werden. He attended school at Wauconda, Ill. and following graduation, he spent two years at North Illinois University. Curtis enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1941, training in S.E. Training Command at Shaw Field, South
Carolina for P-47’s. He then was shipped overseas from
Newark, N.J. to Northern Africa and on to Italy where he
was chosen to fly P-51’s. He escorted B-17’s over German controlled areas and B-245 air space on bombing raids.
During his 11 months there, he went on to 63 missions with
50 missions required. He was offered Lieutenant Colonel
rank to take squadron commander, however, he chose to
return home as a Major. He continued flying in the reserves
and flew F-80’s, T-33’s and C-119’s. Curtis received
numerous medals including the Air Medal with six oak-leaf clusters, the distinguished flying cross and the European
Theater. He became an executive pilot for Gates Rubber
Company and flew Lear Jets, a Falcon F-27, a DC-3, a twin
Beech and a Bell Jet-Ranger Helicopter. He retired in 1985
and received a safety citation from Governor Love.

Curtis married Patricia Kilroy on Dec. 21, 1946. They had
the privilege of sharing 64 years of marriage. To their
union were born five children. His hobbies included reading,
pool, golf, tennis and swimming. The family moved to Montrose, Colo. from Evergreen in 1998.

from Gary Granger (#46957321)
World War II P-51 Fighter Pilot Curtis Alden Werden
Jan. 23, 1923 - May 10, 2011

MONTROSE - Curtis Werden, age 88, passed away on Tuesday
morning, May 10, 2011, at San Juan Living Center, with his
loving family at his side.

Curtis Alden Werden was born on Jan. 23, 1923, in Island
Lake, Ill. to parents, John Alden and Corla (Francisco)
Werden. He attended school at Wauconda, Ill. and following graduation, he spent two years at North Illinois University. Curtis enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1941, training in S.E. Training Command at Shaw Field, South
Carolina for P-47’s. He then was shipped overseas from
Newark, N.J. to Northern Africa and on to Italy where he
was chosen to fly P-51’s. He escorted B-17’s over German controlled areas and B-245 air space on bombing raids.
During his 11 months there, he went on to 63 missions with
50 missions required. He was offered Lieutenant Colonel
rank to take squadron commander, however, he chose to
return home as a Major. He continued flying in the reserves
and flew F-80’s, T-33’s and C-119’s. Curtis received
numerous medals including the Air Medal with six oak-leaf clusters, the distinguished flying cross and the European
Theater. He became an executive pilot for Gates Rubber
Company and flew Lear Jets, a Falcon F-27, a DC-3, a twin
Beech and a Bell Jet-Ranger Helicopter. He retired in 1985
and received a safety citation from Governor Love.

Curtis married Patricia Kilroy on Dec. 21, 1946. They had
the privilege of sharing 64 years of marriage. To their
union were born five children. His hobbies included reading,
pool, golf, tennis and swimming. The family moved to Montrose, Colo. from Evergreen in 1998.

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