Curtis Striegel


Curtis Striegel, 94, Bismarck, died December 1, 2021, in a Bismarck care center.  Memorial services will be on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Bismarck.  For those not attending, the service will be livestreamed on Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church YouTube page.

Curtis was born on May 2nd, 1927, on his parent’s farm in Sioux County ND, north of Morristown SD. He was the oldest son of five children born to Nick and Gladys (McLean) Striegel.  He attended rural grade schools, Leith high school, and graduated from Elgin high school in 1944.  Curt entered the Navy in July of 1944, served in the Naval Amphibious Forces on the USS Union which saw service from the Atlantic Coast through the Panama Canal to the Hawaiian Islands, Philippines, China Coast, Guam, and was at Yokohama Japan on September 10th, 1945, at the end of WW2.

He graduated from North Dakota State University in June of 1951 with a BS degree in Agricultural Economics and a minor in Animal Husbandry. Curtis married Maurine Ault from Cavalier, ND on September 3rd, 1950. They had four children: Janice, Nick, John, and Paul.

In the mid fifties after his father died, he farmed with his brother Duane at Leith ND for two years. He then spent over 30 years with Farm Credit Services, namely Federal Land Bank (FLB); as an appraiser, loan officer, and then President of the Bismarck FLB Association. After early retirement in 1985 he became a realtor in the Bismarck area for 13 years. He also designed and developed the Bismarck KOA Campground in 1970, and along with his family operated it for many years.

Curtis was a charter member of Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and served in most of the various church offices, was active in the construction of the church and church parsonage.

Curt loved sports, played basketball for Leith and Elgin high schools, earning the All-Conference guard honors in 1944. He enjoyed playing volleyball in the Bismarck Church League, golfing, and hunting; especially when it was with his brothers, sons, and grandsons. He was an active horseman, rode with the 7th  Memorial Cavalry unit, rode in equine endurance rides, and enjoyed trail riding.

He was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Bismarck Horse Club, DeMores Riders, Maah Daah Hey Trail Assoc, Fort Lincoln Foundation, Company “G” of the 7th Memorial Cavalry, and the Frontier Army of the Dakotas.

Above all he was a family man who loved his wife, children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness…”        2nd Timothy 4:7-8a

Curtis is survived by his children Janice Lindsey, Nick (Leslie) Striegel, Paul (Tami) Striegel, grandchildren Andrew Striegel, Matt (Sara) Striegel, Nicholas (Kim) Striegel, John Striegel, Mara (Brandon) Pyatt, Natalie (Matt) Noblin, Savannah Striegel, Dylan Striegel, Jessica Lindsey, Joseph (Sheyenne) Striegel, Steven Striegel, Laurel (Jon) Wipfli, and great-grandchildren Bo, Tate, and Sofie Striegel, Ty and Stella Striegel, Charlotte Striegel, Evelyn Wipfli, Bayleigh Noblin and Bremleigh Donahue.

He was preceded in death by his parents Nick and Gladys Striegel, wife Maurine Striegel, son John Striegel, sisters Charlotte (Gordon) Timboe, Hazel (Tom) McDowall, brothers Cleon (Audrey) Striegel, and Duane (Rita) Striegel.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Edgewood Assistant Living, and the staff of CaringEdge of Bismarck. Curt was very grateful for all the care and thoughtfulness they gave him.

In lieu of flowers, any memorials can be given to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Bismarck.

To view the funeral service, please click here.

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Paul, Tami, and family my deep sympathy for the loss of your dad. I knew what a great family man he was and after reading about his life, he truly lived a great life. Thinking of you. Love Deb

Was a follow Federal Land Bank employee with Curt for many years, He was not only a great employee but a good friend. We fought the fight together to save the Federal Land Bank System, didn’t win but gave it ever effort. Thank you for being my friend, god bless you and keep you.

Del Hegel

We are so sorry that we weren’t able to be there for the funeral. Ev was not feeling up to the trip and the weather forecast did not sound favorable. Just know that we were there in our thoughts and prayers, and so happy to be able to watch the service on You Tube. We know that Curt was looking forward to his heavenly home and re-uniting with his beloved Maurine. We will certainly miss our visits with our friend and brother-in-law. May God’s peace be with all of his family.
Ev and Dolly

Janice, Nick and Paul – I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing into glory. I have so many memories of the good times we had at our New Year’s cookouts with the Bauers, Sauers, and Striegals! I even remember the very first time your parents came to our house to visit all those many years ago. Your dad was such a wonderful Christian man and it was so obvious that he loved his family and the Lord. He had such a radiant smile, and I know he will be missed by many. He has finished his race and obtained his crown of life. He celebrates now with his dear Savior. May that bring you peace.

Curt, what a pleasure it was to have known you. You were truly a gentle giant of a man and I enjoyed every interaction I shared with you on Sundays during and after church. I will never forget you allowing me to bow hunt in your back yard when you had heard I was having a hard start to my hunting season. What an honor it was to have known you, rest easy and we will meet again someday, I am sure of it. To Curtis’ family, my deepest condolences, much love to you and yours.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” ― George S. Patton Jr


Curtis was a dear friend, graduated from high school together in 1944 from Elgin High School. We also graduated from college the same year, 1951. We were such good friends, met at The Cracker Barrel for lunch about a year before his passing. I also was asked to sing at their wedding in Cavalier in 1950. Curt and Maurine, great people I shall always remember.