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John D. Curnow

May 14, 1928 January 11, 2018
John D. Curnow
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Obituary for John D. Curnow

John “Jack” D. Curnow age 89 of Richland Center passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Harvest Guest Home after a courageous battle with cancer. Jack was born on May 14, 1928 in Prairie du Sac, WI., the son of Raymond and Mabel (Gutheridge) Curnow. On August 17, 1954 he married Shirley A. Trojan. Jack earned his BS in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, WI, in 1950, and his MS in Ecology at the University of Wisconsin Platteville, in 1968. Curnow was one of the first biologists in the Midwest to record wild bird songs and use the recordings in his classroom. The project started while working on a master’s degree at the UW Biological Field Station at Pigeon Lake, Drummond, WI in 1964. From these recordings Jack produced records, tapes and CD’s which he used to teach high school students how to recognize wild birds by their songs. Jack also wrote two text books on plant community studies for high school students which were published by the NASCO company of Fort Atkinson, WI in the early 1970’s. He also photographed and produced over forty audiovisual programs in the biology field, arts, agriculture and home economics that NASCO sold to high schools all throughout the United States and Canada. Curnow received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 1973 for his work in developing programs and audiovisual for the teaching of biology at the high school level. During the 1970’s he presented workshops for biology teachers throughout the Northeastern United States. After retiring in 1990 from teaching high school biology, he returned to the Richland Center school district’s elementary schools for nine years, teaching computer science. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Curnow, of Richland Center, WI; three daughters, Debra (Marshall) Bowen of Jacksonville Florida, Lynn (Patrick) Burish of Wausau, WI, Lisa (Theodore) Ludwig of Tainter Lake, WI. Seven grandchildren, Sara (Travis) Schryer of Jacksonville, FL, Mark Bowen, of Jacksonville, FL, Laura (Tyler) Wegener of Jacksonville, FL, Tim and Aaron Burish of Wausau, WI, Becca Ludwig of Minneapolis, MN, and Chris (Trisha) Ludwig of Roseville, MN, and five great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and seven brothers and sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary the Assumption Catholic Church in Richland Center. Monsignor Roger Scheckel will officiate with a private burial in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Stafford Funeral Home in Richland Center from 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. Visitation will also be held on Tuesday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to Agrace Foundation ( or mail to Agrace; 1670 South Boulevard, Baraboo, WI 53913, or St. Mary’s of Assumption Catholic Church, Richland Center. Online condolences available at The Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.


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