Curtis Emanuel Askim
Curtis Emanuel Askim was peacefully ushered into God’s presence on April 15, 2016. He was born November 8, 1928 in Hibbing, Minnesota to Almer and Lydia Askim. For purposes of work, the family relocated to Novato, CA in 1943. He graduated from San Rafael High School in 1946. Soon after graduation, he met his future wife of 63 years, Jonna Willette who was also attending San Rafael High School. They were married in July 1950 and had two daughters Jeffri and Lisa.
In 1950 he graduated from San Francisco State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Soon after graduating he served in the US Army from 1950-1953, and rose from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant to Captain. From 1953 to 1962 he served in the Army Reserves here in Santa Rosa. After leaving active duty, he earned his Master’s Degree at San Francisco State and was hired to the Business Department at Santa Rosa Junior College where he taught from 1956 to 1986.
Besides his teaching career, he was on the City Planning Commission from 1960 to 1972 where he made many influential business relationships, many of whom willingly gave their time to speak to his business classes. After retirement he was influential in establishing a non-profit to help small businesses called Sonoma County Organization of Retired Executives or SCORE.
Besides his family, Curt was passionate about his faith, a life-long seeker after and follower of Jesus. He led trips to Mexico and to work at Gleanings for the Hungry, in Dinuba, CA. He loved restoring old sports cars, and traveling in Europe.
Curt was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jonna. He is survived by his daughters Jeffri and Lisa, son-in-law Bob Dumas, and grandson Nathan Dumas and his wife Cristy. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on May 20, 2016 at Rohnert Park Assembly of God Church at 4695 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA.