Curtis Talley

July 23, 1936 – Nov. 30, 2021

LANSFORD – Curtis Al-

lan Talley, 85, Lansford,

died Tuesday, Nov. 30,

2021, at a Minot hospital.

He was born on July 23,

1936, in Glenburn, to Joe

and Marie (Mosolf) Talley.

He was raised on a farm

in Glenburn until 1939,

when they moved to a

farm in Bottineau County,

and then moved to the

Talley Farm in Bottineau

County a couple of years

after that. The Talley’s

raised beef, horses and

farmed. He graduated

from Lansford High

School in 1955 and at-

tended Minot State for

two years.

After college, he

worked for Mobile Oil

Company from 1959-1966.

Curtis became the post-

master in Lansford in

1966 and served in that

capacity until 1998. He

was awarded the Hall of

Honor Award from the

U.S. Post office in 1995.

Curt married Janice

Lenore Undlin on July 12,

1959, in Lansford. To this

union three children were

born, Brent, Geneil and

Gwen. Curt and Janice

have been married for 62


Curt and his brothers

and friends were part of

the Ghostriders Horse Per-

formance Show in the

mid 1950’s. His mother

helped with their outfits,

but the brothers taught

their horses different

tricks to do in the perfor-

mance shows. He

belonged to the American

Quarter Horse Associa-


He helped his brother,

Jim, raise Quarter Horses

and spent many years

working with colts and

breaking young horses.

He studied many different

techniques in breaking

horses with always a gen-

tle hand in the process.

Curtis was a member of

the Trinity United

Church, Lansford, and

was baptized and con-

firmed at Trinity Lutheran

Church, Lansford. He

served on the church

council, Luther League

Advisor, and Sunday

school teacher.

He was also deeply in-

volved in the Lansford

Community. He served

on the Lansford City

Council from 1961-1973,

Lansford Municipal Judge

from 1975-1987, a

member of the Masonic

Lodge, was part of the

Lansford Bowling Associ-

ation for 35 years, secre-

tary of the Lansford Com-

munity Club for 30 years,

a member of the Senior

Citizens, the Moose Club,

Minot, and the Lansford

Country Club. He also

kept the scoreboard for 25

years at the Lansford High

School. In his later years

after retirement, he

worked on the Lansford

Baseball field so they

could have games at that

facility again.

Curt and Janice had six

God Children, Julie Und-

lin Munday, Roy Leavitt,

Suzie Lielke Melin, Candy

Bengtson, Stuart Larson

and Stephanie Talley


Curt loved being

around his children,

grandchildren and

great-grandchildren, and

took great pride in all

their accomplishments in

sports and academics. He

loved talking horses and

sports. He remembered

games from many decades

and just found joy in life.

Because of a heart defect,

he could not play sports,

but that did not stop him

from loving baseball,

basketball and football.

He also grew to love track

because of his grandson,

Alex Talley, being a stan-

dout athlete at West Far-

go, NDSU and now a Ne-

braska Cornhusker, and

finishing seventh in the

Olympic trials this past

winter in hammer throw.

Family: Curtis is sur-

vived by his wife of 62

years, Janice Talley, Lans-

ford; children, Brent

(Carolyn) Talley, West

Fargo, Geneil (Shawn)

Vedaa, Velva, Gwen

Weeks, Williston;

grandchildren, Patrick

and Alexander Talley,

Paden Peterson, Josh and

Shad Vedaa, Sloane (Bri-

an) Muehler, Brooke

(Jarek) Hansen, Jordan

and Cameron Weeks;

great-grandchildren, Jordy

and Jace Vedaa, Nora Ann

and Jackson Muehler,

Eren Curtis; brothers, Cliff

Talley, Minot, Rolland

(Jane) Talley, Bottineau,

Dennis Talley, Phoenix,

Ariz.; sister, Joan Meyer,

Lansford, sisters-in-law,

Delores Dring, Diane

(Tom) Tom Hager,

brother-in-law, Gerald

(Alice) Undlin; and many

nieces, nephews and


Curtis is preceded in

death by: his parents; his

mother- and father-in-law,

Joey and Esther Undlin;

brothers, Manual (Doris)

Talley, Jim Talley,

Laverne (Muriel) Talley;

sister-in-law, Marilyn Tal-

ley, brothers-in-law, Bob

Meyer and James Dring;

sisters-in-law, Harriet

(Don) Zietz, Margie (Le-

land) Routledge.

Funeral: 2 p.m., Sun-

day, Dec. 5, 2021, at Trini-

ty United Parish, Lans-

ford, with lunch to follow

at the Lansford Country

Club. Following the fun-

eral service, a link to a

video of the funeral will

be placed on his online


Burial: Lansford

Cemetery, Lansford.

Sharing of Memories

Service: 7 p.m., Saturday,

Dec. 4, 2021, at the


Visitation: Friends may

sign the guestbook from 5

to 7 p.m., Saturday, at the

church. Friends may also

sign the online guestbook

at brosefuneralhome.com.

(Brose Funeral Home,