By HDN Staff
Curtis Allen Beswick, 58, Havre, died Monday, March 27, 2000, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Saturday at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church.
Beswick was born June 27, 1941 to Nina (Dawes) and Leo Willis Beswick in Billings.
He attended Billings schools and graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1959. He attended and graduated from Montana State College with a degree in microbiology. He was a member of the Delta Lambda chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
On Sept. 19, 1964, he married Peggy Jo Bergeson in Billings.
In June 1965, Beswick received a commission into the Army Medical Service Corps and served on active duty in the United States and Germany for 11 years. He remained in the U.S. Army reserves until his death and was recalled to active duty for a period in 1991 during Desert Storm Operation. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In 1979, Beswick and his family returned to Montana and he took a position as the clinical laboratory supervisor at the Chippewa Cree Indian Health Center on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation. He held the position until his illness forced his retirement in 1999.
Beswick was a devoted hunter and fisherman. Even during his illness, his friends made elk, deer and goose hunting possible.
Beswick was a member of Van Orsdel United Methodist Church. He was a Mason, beginning with the Billings Chapter of DeMolay. He was active in Havre Masonic Lodge #55, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Algeria Shrine Temple, Havre Chapter #30 Order of the Eastern Star.
Beswick was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Jo; daughters, Barbara Paige Richardson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Ashley Ann Passon of Bozeman; son, Bruce Willis Beswick of Portland, Ore.; and two grandsons.
Memorials may be sent to Havre Masonic Lodge #55, P.O. Box 87, Havre, MT 59501.
Arrangements are by Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.