Curtis A. Van Luchene


Curtis A. Van Luchene


Curtis Van Luchene

Curtis August Van Luchene was born July 22, 1961, in Billings. Curt was the oldest child of Richard and Margaret Rose (Rosa) Brinkel Van Luchene. He graduated in 1979 from Billings West High School.

Curt attended Montana State University in Bozeman, then Spokane Community College, graduating in 1988 with an Associate of Applied Science in Biomedical Equipment Technology. Other than his time attending college in Spokane, Curt lived in Billings. He thoroughly loved his hometown.

Curt was employed by Patterson Dental, where he worked on dental equipment. He later worked for Daytex- Ohmeda as a technician on the anesthesia equipment. He loved his work and made lifelong friends at these jobs.

Curt loved the outdoors, assembling models and spending time with his dogs. He especially enjoyed fishing and rafting down the Stillwater with friends and family. He earned the name Captain Curt from all his trips on the water.

As a young adult, he spent several years playing basketball in the Billings City League. Later in life, he enjoyed attending Mustangs games. He was a huge Peyton Manning fan.

Curt was the proud father of two sons, Vance William and Travis Curtis Van Luchene. He loved watching his boys play sports. He was thrilled when he became a grandfather to grandsons Elliot and Peter Van Luchene.

Curt was a true music lover. He had a vast array of CDs and never missed a chance to hear live, local music. He was a fan of the Billings Summer Jazz Festival. He also loved concerts and got the chance to see both the Eagles and Paul McCartney live in concert. Until his health declined, he could always be seen on the dance floor at Alive after Five or Tiny’s Tavern.

Curt passed away on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, after his decades-long battle with health issues.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Rosa, who passed on Sept. 10, 2017; and his brother, Keith, who passed on Oct. 30, 1984. He is survived by his father, Richard Van Luchene; his sons, Vance (Kara) and Travis (Alexandria Higareda) Van Luchene; his grandsons, Elliot and Peter Van Luchene and Ryan Barnhart; his brother, Craig (Carolyn) Van Luchene; and his nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Visitation will from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, at St Pius X Catholic Church, 717 18th St. West, with burial immediately following at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation,

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  1. I will never forget all the fun we had together, you are loved and missed. AA5 won’t be the same without you. We will toast to you at your favorite bar!
    Thanks for the memories.

  2. From the moment we met you were the best friend anyone could ever expect. I’ll remember all the good times partying, hunting, fishing and especially all the time and help building the home on Hesper Rd. You were an inspiration in your battle against an illness that just wouldn’t let go. Rest in peace my friend, until we meet again.

  3. The news of Curt’s passing left an emptiness in my soul. He was always upbeat and excited! I know he will share those qualities with those in a higher place and be at peace. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to have known him.

  4. Deepest sympathies to Curtis’ family from Tami, Andrea and Laurel. He was a good and decent man, and gone way too soon. We all have fond memories and he will be missed. Rest in peace, Curt.

  5. Ruby and Martin Elshire

    Curt was great friend to our family, we had many good times together, We loved him like a son.
    He is now in a better place with no more pain and suffering.

  6. Curt was a great friend in college and was the best man at my wedding. I always looked forward to visiting with him during my trips to Billings. I marveled at his way of keeping a good outlook even when times were tough. Billings is an lonelier place without you Curt. I take comfort knowing you are no longer suffering and pray for comfort and peace for the family and friends that had the privilege of spending time with you.

  7. Curt, You handled your adversity like a champ. Proud to have had you as a friend. To you and your family, I am so sorry I could not attend your funeral. I was out of the country. See you on the other side. John Teeling (BWHS 79)

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