Curt Jahn, 69, of DeForest, Wis., died Saturday, April 27, 2013, following an 18-month battle with cancer.

He was born the son of Paul and Margaret (Siebecker) Giering on May 10, 1943. He was raised by Margaret and Albert Jahn.

Curt attended and graduated in 1961 from Baraboo (Wis.) Public Schools. He attended Naval ROTC and the University of Wisconsin, receiving a bachelor of business administration degree in 1966. He was commissioned at ensign in the U.S. Navy and served as a naval aviator.

He was involved in many business endeavors. In his youth in the 1950s and 1960s, he delivered ice from his grandfather's icehouse to local businesses in the Baraboo area, and he helped on his grandfather's farm.

After Navy service, Curt worked for Klein Industries in Baraboo as warehouse manager. Then in 1972, Curt began working for Pirkle refrigerated Freight Lines in Madison, Wis., thus his love for warehousing and trucking.

In 1974, he started Madison Truck Brokers, which became Capitol Warehousing Corp. in 1979. Capitol started with 9,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space.

Following their marriage in 1976, Curt and his wife, Sandy, jointly led and grew the company. When they sold the company in 2002, Capitol was operating in excess of 800,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space and a substantial number of over-the-road trucks. Capitol was transloading in excess of 3,000 railroad carloads a year.

Curt founded 1-800-flowers also known as 1800Flowers.com. He was also one of the founders of Settlers Bank. He developed real estate in the DeForest, Windor and Token Creek area, including North Towne Corporate Park and the Bear Tree subdivision.

Curt enjoyed first and most deeply, the love and affection of his wife of 37 years, Sandy. He thrived on the company of his children and grandchildren and on their achievements, successes and happiness.

Curt and Sandy enjoyed traveling across the country and around the world with family and friends. He greatly enjoyed the challenge of the business world.

He always enjoyed developing and maintaining his home and yard, and decorating the exterior of his home annually with Christmas decorations.

Curt is remembered for his ready smile for friends, family, visitors and employees; a creativity and tenacity in both his love for his family and friends, and in business pursuits; and for being a very warm, loving and generous person as well as a formidable foe to business and government adversaries.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Sandy; his children, Natalie (Steve) Hellenbrand, Paul (Tammy) Tuite, Nikki (Jake) Nicholson and Tori Jahn; his grandchildren, Megan Tuite, Morgan Tuite, Lexi Riggs, Cody Riggs and Bailey Nicholson; his mother-in-law, Ruth Dalton; his sisters, Lynn (David) Caldwell, Pam Gossman and Paula (Bob) Trotter; and other relatives, friends and business partners.

A funeral service was held May 4 at Ryan Funeral Home in Madison. Entombment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be left at www.ryanfuneralservice.com.