Daniel Henry Curran, 72 of Bayfield, passed from this world to the next on Mon., Jan. 29 in Rochester, Minn. with his daughters at his side, after an extended battle with cancer. He was born on June 29, 1945, in Elkhorn, Wis. to Agnes Josephine (Meyerhofer) Curran and George Francis Curran, of Lake Geneva.
As a child he attended Central School and St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, later graduating from Badger High School. Daniel’s undergraduate education began at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; he later joined the U.S. Army Reserves and finished his architectural degree at the University of Milwaukee, where he also attended graduate school. Initially, he was a draftsman for Johnson, Wagner, Eisley, Widen and Hipp of Milwaukee, assisting with plans for the Milwaukee Area Technical College and South Division High School. Once he became a registered architect, he opened his own practice in Lake Geneva. Designs by his firm ran the gamut, though Daniel particularly enjoyed historic preservation and renovation. Among many projects, he guided the renovation of St. Francis de Sales Church, the Riviera, Holy Communion Episcopal Church, and Landmark Center in Lake Geneva, Wis.; renovated the St. Francis Friary in Burlington, Wis., and designed many new homes. From 1989 to 1996 he worked for the Red Cliff Housing Authority and helped rehabilitate more than 130 houses through the Comprehensive Assistance Improvement Program, funded through H.U.D. In 1996 he started on a related path of building inspection, and worked for the City of Superior, later becoming the city’s chief building inspector.
Along with his paid work, Daniel took pride in serving others. He was president of the Lake Geneva Rotary Club, he was elected to the Lake Geneva City Council for a two-year term, and was a member of the Lake Geneva Planning Commission. He also served on the Bayfield, Wis. Architectural Review Board, the Bayfield Historic Planning Committee, and the Bayfield Comprehensive Planning Committee. With Roger Bristol, Daniel was instrumental in the creation of Bayfield’s Fountain Garden Park. He volunteered as a Lay Leader of Prayer for the St. Francis Catholic Church in Red Cliff, Wis., Holy Family Catholic Church in Bayfield, St. Louis Catholic Church in Washburn, Wis., St. Joseph Catholic Church in La Pointe, Wis., and St. Ann Catholic Church in Cornucopia, Wis. Through leading prayer, lecturing and serving at Mass, Daniel gained great joy and deepened his faith.
Daniel is survived by his daughters, Katherine (Justin) Hansen of Bayfield, and Claudia (Andrew) Broman of Janesville, Wis.; his grandchildren, Alex and Carter Hansen, and Evelyn and Nelson Broman; brothers Thomas Curran of El Cajon, Calif. and Patrick Curran of Rockford, Ill., and sister Helene Churchill of Lake Geneva, Wis. along with countless people he has touched throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Joyce Evelyn Grant, the mother of his children; two sisters, Rosemary Lemire of Escanaba, Mich., and Kathleen Wilson, of Lake Geneva, brother Gerald Curran, and his parents. He will be greatly missed.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Red Cliff. With Visitation from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the church, also, 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, Feb. 4th , with a prayer service at 3:30 pm at the Bratley Funeral Home Chapel in Washburn. Father Kevin Gordon and Father Brian Dulli Officiating. Interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, with military honors performed by the Apostle Islands Honor Guard.