Stephen Edward Curran

Stephen Edward Curran passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at his home in Taos, N.M. Steve was born on Oct. 29, 1952, to Ed and Luella (Johnson) Curran in Lead.  Steve graduated from Lead-Deadwood High School in 1971, and from the University of South Dakota in Springfield.

Steve worked in radio and telephone communications for the Union Pacific railroad and later the forest Service (which he called the Forest Circus) in various locations across many states. His last assignment before retirement was in Taos N.M.  He was also certified as a fire fighter and contributed his skills many times to save the forests and wildlife.

Steve married Kimberly Bruce on Feb. 10, 1996, at The Little Church of the West, Las Vegas, Nev. Steve didn’t want to rush into something as serious as marriage without “getting to know” his bride, so Kim has been a part of Steve’s life since 1984. From the start of the marriage Kim enriched his life as after the ceremony, Steve won $5,000 in the casino.  He considered that a good sign!

Steve was known as a kind, generous, gentle soul.  He loved his family, his friends, his pets, hunting, fishing and time on his Harley. He and Kim logged many miles on motorcycle trips and Steve could tell a story about each of those trips. Steve never met a stranger and most of all, enjoyed getting to know new friends and acquaintances.  He always had a smile, a joke, a story or a hand to lend to those in need.  His motto in life was Ride fast, take chances. Be free — like the wind.  He is missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his parents and only sibling, Sherry Curran Blackwell. 

Visitation will from 4:30-6:30 pm on Thursday, July 11 at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1020 State Street Spearfish.  Burial will be at Mountain Lawn Cemetery Lead.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Western Hills Humane Society, 324 Industrial Drive, Spearfish, SD  57783

Arrangements are under the care of the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead. Online condolences may be written at

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