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Curtis Ardelle Savenko

January 1st, 1961 - May 21st, 2024

Curtis Ardelle Savenko, 63 of Venice, FL, grew his angel wings on Tuesday May 21, 2024 and is safe in God's loving arms. Curtis previously lived in MN, OR, AK and WA.

Curtis was born January 1,1961 in Spokane, WA to Jean Jonassen. He grew up in the beautiful lands of the Pacific Northwest, mainly in the Spokane area with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins through his high school years, graduating from Mead High School in 1979. One of his high school years he spent in Barrow, AK. This made a lasting impression as he would often reminisce of his incredible experiences there.

Curtis spent most of his working life as an Electronics Field Service Technician. He was a people person so this was the perfect job for him, always an opportunity to meet new people and share life stories.

His interests mostly included playing pool, listening to music, fishing, gardening, photography, cooking and home improvements. He tried his hand at hunting briefly but found he enjoyed the nature surrounding him, rescuing and talking to the animals, rather than harming them. He took up photography and captured the beauty of his gardens and the animals it attracted. He planted a vegetable garden, it reminded him of his childhood. He was quite well known for his pepper jelly, made from his homegrown habaneras. Curtis enjoyed grilling too but kicked it up a notch when he got his smoker, often inviting friends over to share in a feast from the smoker.

While living in Oregon Curtis was introduced to Sturgeon fishing. He loved battling the 'big' fish on the Columbia River. He took this passion with him to Minnesota where he enlisted his friends to join him. “The bite may be slow, but the fishing is great.”

Upon his arrival in Venice, FL Curtis quickly learned of a fishing location from Grandpa Engle, the North Jetty. This would be his home away from home for several years and where he learned to fish for sharks, strictly catch and release. He met many wonderful people there who became extended family.

Curtis is survived by his loving wife Jeanne of over 25 years, his mother-in-law Sue Engle, his sister-in-law Debby Bell and niece Christiana Bell. He also leaves behind a step mother and step bothers from the Potter family; Midge, Tom, Jim and Danny as well as aunts, uncles, many cousins and friends, especially Brad Steinman and Anthony Hutchins.

He was preceded in death by his mother and step father, Jean and Phil Brandon, his father T. Duane Potter, his father-in-law Robert Bell, brother-in-law Daniel Bell, his grandparents John and Eleanor Jonassen and Ralph and Dorothy Engle and several aunts and uncles.

A special Thank-you to all his doctors and especially the nurses at FL Cancer Specialists - Venice Healthpark and SMH - Sarasota, 5th floor Infusion Center. These earthly angels took great care of Curtis and he loved you all like family.

Memorial Services will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Venice, FL in the Memorial Garden on June 20, 2024 at 1:30 pm.

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Jeanne

Life in MN.. except for the 🐓

Published June 17th, 2024
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Chris Larson

I fondly remember the time Curtis drove Jeanne and me to IA for a work event. We shared laughter during that journey, and I appreciated seeing all the photos of Curtis proudly reeling in fish. His happiness was contagious. I’m grateful he met Jeanne and spent time with her. Meeting Curtis was a privilege, and though he’ll be missed, his memories will endure. May he watch over his family from Heaven. God bless you, Curtis and Jeanne. We will cherish the wonderful memories we had. - Chris Larson

Published June 16th, 2024
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Jack Danielson

I was truly blessed to have spent many hours with Curtis riding with him to the cancer center and to Sarasota Hospital. It was a special time. I got to see just what a strong and gentle man he was. I admired him so very much. He never gave up to the terrible pain he was living with. It was a joy to be with him as his sidekick. I will cherish those times forever. Rest in peace. P.S. I hope you can do some shark fishing heaven. Love you, my friend. ~Jack Danielson

Published June 10th, 2024
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Jeanne Savenko

Published June 16th, 2024
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Sandy Cohen

Curtis was loved by all of us at Florida Cancer Specialist. We laughed, cried, and shared many stories during his visits. He will be greatly missed by all. May he find peace and "happy fishing" forever!

Published June 13th, 2024
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Jeanne Savenko

My best friend. You were the complete package. You will be in my ❤️ forever. Who could ask for more?

Published June 10th, 2024
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