Curtis Alan Axen, 69, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2021 at his home in Rochester, Minnesota with his wife of 47 years, Dianne, by his side. Curt endured a chronic lung disease which he dealt with courageously, facing the challenge through the end with bravery, strength and positivity.
Curt was born August 4, 1952 in Oakpark, Illinois, the son of Evelyn (Anderson) and John Axen. He graduated from Lutheran High School in Racine, Wisconsin. Curt continued his education at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville where he met and fell in love with Dianne. They had one daughter, Jennifer, in 1974 and eventually moved to Rochester, MN in 1982 when Dianne took a position with Mayo Clinic.
Curt enjoyed a long and prolific career as a landscape designer. A true artist, Curt was passionate about trees, nature, architecture and design. Curt greatly admired the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jensen who inspired many of the landscape designs and gardens he planted throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.
Curt was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved taking road trips with his wife, exploring new places, listening to live music and traveling to see his daughter and granddaughter in California.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne, daughter, Jennifer (Mike Hyland) and granddaughter, Maya. He is also survived by two sisters, Sharyn (Merritt) Rhoads and Lisa (Ed) Smerchek.
Services and a celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 10am at the First Unitarian Universalist Church 1727 Walden Lane SW, Rochester, MN. Memorials may be sent to Season's Hospice or donor's choice.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Axen Family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
Celebration Of Life
Rochester, Minnesota 55902
I feel so fortunate that I had the pleasure to meet and spend a little bit of time with Curt Axen over the years. I'm lucky enough to be a friend of Jennifer's, and what has always struck me about her is her innate kindness, generosity, warmth and intelligence. Upon meeting Curt and Dianne it was instantly obvious where she got it from. Curt was all that and more. Though I only had the pleasure of his company a handful of times, he made me feel genuinely like a part of the family and someone important each time. His jovial spirit, curiosity and down-to-earth personality touched me beyond measure. He will be so deeply missed. I believe strongly in the everlasting power of love and have no doubt that the indelible mark he left on me and everyone else fortunate enough to know him will forever be in our hearts and show up in very special ways. May he rest in peace and much love to Dianne, Jennifer and Maya. A beautiful family inside and out!