Curtis Ward Koele, 42, of West Liberty, formerly of Hull, died on Monday, Jan. 7, at his residence.
He was born on Sept. 18, 1970, in Sheldon, the son of Clifford Keith and Sandra Faye (Heitmeyer) Koele. He was raised in Hull, where he attended the Hull Christian School and Western Christian High School. He graduated from Dordt College in Sioux Center, with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and MIS and a minor in math.
He was diagnosed with a rare liver disease while attending college. He self-educated himself in computer programming, starting in the fourth grade. He enjoyed working on computers and built a water cooled computer system for himself. After college, he was employed at Gateway out of Sioux City and then transferred to their Sioux Falls office, when that opened. He worked part-time for Dordt, both during college and later as a Network Administrator, until his health worsened.
Curt was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. He was a Cadet leader for the boys youth program for several years and served as president for this club. He was instrumental in building a computerized track for the Cadets’ pinewood derby contests, so the cars could be timed and the winner verified.
Early in his life, he was a Modern Woodmen Junior Service Club leader for several years, doing fund raisers and visiting and helping people in need. After Curt moved to Iowa City, he was a security guard at Rockwell Collins in Coralville and volunteered with the Republican Party Committee. When he was unable to hunt and fish anymore, he joined the West Liberty Gun Club and enjoyed target shooting. Later he moved to West Liberty and became certified in several areas, so he could teach the art of shooting and gun safety. He held several positions on the gun club’s board of directors. He taught 4-H shooting sports for several years and also enjoyed working with these boys and girls in teaching them safety and the sport of shooting. He wrote several grants to apply for financial aid for the 4-H and the gun club. He was treasurer for the local Friends of the National Rifle Association banquet fund-raisers.
Survivors include his parents Sandra Koele and Clifford Koele, wife Marlys, brother Michael Jon Koele and his fiance Leann Lewis and their children Christian Curtis Koele, Justin Michael Koele, Jayden Rolling and Jessica Lewis; sister Jill Marie Koele and her fiance Perry Siemonsma and their daughter, Kirsten Faye Koele, all of Hull.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Tena Heitmeyer and Clarence and Mabel Koele, and nephew Dillon Hooyer.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Loren Kotman officiated. Interment was held prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. A prayer service was held on Tuesday at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.
A memorial service will be held in the West Liberty area at a later date.
Memorials will be directed to the Hull Cadets and the Muscatine County 4-H.
Condolences may be sent via www.oolman.com.