Obituary for Robert J. "Bob" Curnan
Robert J. “Bob” Curnan, 79, of Peosta died Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at home, surrounded by his family. Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31st at Hope Church, located at 11893 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Hope Church, with visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.
Bob was born on December 5th, 1938 in Davenport, Iowa. He was the son Clem and Vera (Thode) Curnan.
He graduated from Davenport High School in 1957, Coe College in 1961 and Minnesota University School of Law in 1964.
On August 19th, 1961 he married Judy Meyer in Macomb, Ill.
Bob, with his wife, Judy, came to Dubuque in 1965 to commence employment in the O’Connor, Thomas Law Firm. Over the years he also worked in the Fursete and Carew law firm, had his own private practice, and commencing in 1972, served eight years as Dubuque County Attorney, believed to be the longest ever to serve in that office at the time. In 1980 he was appointed to the District Court bench by Governor Ray, where he served for 30 years, the longest serving Dubuque District Court Judge to date.
Bob was blessed with good friends. He loved jokes, golf, the Minnesota Vikings, a friendly wager, his profession, the law, and his community. Most of all, he loved his wife, Judy, his children, Debby and Linda, their families, and his God.
He was a member of the Dubuque County Bar Association, Iowa Judges Association, Hope Church and was a former president of the Dubuque Noon Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Curnan, of Peosta; two daughters, Debra Lynn (Scott) Engleman of Dubuque, Linda Meyer (Corey) Carlson of East Bethel, Minn., grandchildren, Rachael, Jessica, Joanna, Chase, Kieler, Hayden and Mack. He is also survived by a brother, Bill Curnan; a brother in law, John (Jeanne) Meyer and several nieces and nephews.
The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to Hope Church or Coe College.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann, all the wonderful nurses working on the 5th floor of Finley Hospital, and to the Hospice Care team. Your caring dedication and support was a blessing to Bob and his family.