Kurt Lonien, age 40, of Marshall, Minnesota, died under the care of hospice on Friday, June 16, 2023, at the Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2023, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, Minnesota. Interment with military honors will follow in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to his celebration, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, also at the Hamilton Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made out to the family for use for a future designation.
Kurt Charles Lonien was born on August 31, 1982, to Charles and Jean (Olberding) Lonien in Rochester, Minnesota. As an infant, he was baptized at Pax Christi Church in Rochester. At the age of 4, Kurt and his family relocated to Vesta, Minnesota for a few years before planting their roots in Marshall, Minnesota. Kurt was confirmed at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School before graduating with the Marshall High School Class of 2000. Shortly after graduating high school, Kurt joined the United States Air Force. He served his country for 19 years as a Cryptologic Linguist (Arabic) and lived in a multitude of communities, including: Minnesota, Georgia, England, and Maryland. In the later years of his Air Force Career, Kurt used his love of helping by becoming a mentor to the many Airmen entering the field. On August 15, 2003, Kurt was united in marriage to Christina Royster in Monterey, California. To this union, two boys were born: Aidan and Adler. These two boys were Kurt’s pride and joy. He loved them dearly. Music was very important to Kurt. He learned how to play the drums while in high school and decided to start a band with 3 of his friends, which they named “Stumps for Hands”. He also enjoyed playing video games, board games, watching anime, and cheering for his favorite Minnesota Sport Teams. Kurt was a very generous individual with a heart of gold. He loved his family, he loved serving his country, and had a deeply rooted commitment to making a difference. However, Kurt struggled with his mental health and alcohol addiction. We watched this disease take and take, until it eventually took Kurt’s life. The pain of his death is something no family should ever have to go through. Please, if you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction, reach out for help to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at samhsa.gov or call 988.
Kurt Charles Lonien died on Friday, June 16, 2023, at the Avera Morningside Heights Care Center as a result of his long battle with alcoholism. He had reached the age of 40 years, 9 months, and 16 days. Blessed be his memory.
Kurt is survived by his two sons, Aidan Lonien of Springfield, TN, Adler Lonien of Springfield, TN; mother, Jean Lonien of Marshall; siblings, Kim (Lee) Louwagie and their children, Grant, Dylan, Tyson, of Marshall, Kevin (Christy) Lonien and their daughter, Liliana, of Marshall, Jackie Montgomery and her children, Hunter, Cody, CJ, and Scout, Jay Lonien and his children, Justin and Luke of Rochester; mother of Kurt’s children, Chrissy Moore of Springfield, TN; other relatives, and many friends. Kurt is preceded in death by his father, Charles Lonien.