DEFOREST-Curt Jahn passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013, following an 18 month battle with cancer. Curt was born the son of Paul Giering and Margaret Siebecker Giering on May 10, 1943. He was raised by Margaret and Albert Jahn.
Curt attended and graduated from Baraboo Public Schools, graduating in 1961. He attended Naval ROTC and the University of Wisconsin, and in 1966 received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He was commissioned at Ensign in the US Navy and served as a Naval Aviator.
Curt was involved in many business endeavors. In his youth in the 1950's and 1960's, he delivered ice from his grandfather's ice house to local businesses in the Baraboo area, and helped on his grandfather's farm.
After Navy service Curt worked for Klein Industries in Baraboo as warehouse manager and then in 1972 Curt began working for Pirkle refrigerated Freight Lines in Madison. Thus his love for warehousing and trucking.
In 1974 he started Madison Truck Brokers which became Capitol Warehousing Corp in 1979. Capitol started with 9,000 square feet of warehouse space. Following their marriage in 1976, Curt and his wife Sandy jointly led and grew the company. When they sold the company in 2002, Capitol was operating in excess of 800,000 square feet of warehouse space and a substantial number of over-the-road trucks. Capitol was transloading in excess of 3,000 railroad carloads a year. Curt founded 1-800-flowers, also known as 1800Flowers.com, and was one of the founders of Settlers Bank. He also developed real estate in the DeForest, Windor and Token Creek area, including North Towne Corporate Park and the Bear Tree subdivision.
Curt enjoyed first and most deeply, the love and affection of his wife of 37 years, Sandy. He thrived on the company of his children and grandchildren and on their achievements, successes and happiness. Curt and Sandy enjoyed traveling across the country and around the world with family and friends. He greatly enjoyed the challenge of the business world. He always enjoyed developing and maintaining his home and yard, and decorating the exterior of his home annually with Christmas decorations.
Curt is remembered for his ready smile for friends, family, visitors and employees, a creativity and tenacity in both his love for his family and friends, and in business pursuits and for being a very warm, loving and generous person, and a formidable foe to business and government adversaries.
Curt is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sandy; his children, Natalie (Steve) Hellenbrand, Paul (Tammy) Tuite, Nikki (Jake) Nicholson, and Tori Jahn; his grandchildren, Megan Tuite, Morgan Tuite, Lexi Riggs, Cody Riggs, and Bailey Nicholson; his mother-in-law, Ruth Dalton; his sisters, Lynn (David) Caldwell, Pam Gossman, and Paula (Bob) Trotter; and other relatives, friends, and business partners.
A special thanks to his devoted and long time friends, Paul and Nancy Bernander for all the help and consideration they have given during this time of need and during the many years of friendship.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., and also from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
I wouldn't know what to say
I wouldn't know what to do
If you came back from heaven
And I could look at you.
Would I fumble for the words?
Would I be a little shy?
Would I bust right out with laughter?
Or break right down and cry?
Oh, if you came back from heaven
Would it be like it was then?
Could we just pick up, where we left off
And try it all again?
Do your kisses feel the same?
Do you still have the same touch?
And will you whisper softly