Wasilla resident Bertren R. Curry, Jr., 82, died on July 23, 2014 after a long battle with cancer, with his family by his side. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m., with Rosary at 7 p.m. at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory in Wasilla. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 11 a.m., with Father Scott Garrett to officiate and a graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery at 12 p.m. Bertren was born on September 26, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated high school and attended college for 2 years and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1950 to 1953 in Korea, where he received a Purple Heart. He became an Alaskan resident in April of 1955 and was employed with Local 1547, IBEW. He was affiliated with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and his special interest was flying. His family writes: "He was honored and loved by all of his family. He was a man who learned to slay his demons and come out a hero. We will miss his physical presence, but we are sure that he is already telling jokes in Heaven." He is preceded in death by his son Bertren R. Curry, III and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Mary M. Curry of Wasilla; brothers Larry R. (Ann) Curry and Steven R. (Polly) Curry of Anchorage; sons Michael G. Curry of Anchorage, David A. Curry, Paul M. (Natasha) Curry and John P. Curry of Wasilla; daughters Deborah M. (Mike) Power of San Diego, CA and Susan E. Curry of Wasilla; several nieces and nephews, 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to the
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 1, 2014