David F. Curtis, 87, of Plank Road, Columbus, Pa., died on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, following an extended illness.
Dave was born on March 16, 1925, in Corry, Pa., a son of the late Carleton and Florence Miller Curtis.
He was raised and educated in the Columbus area and graduated with the last class of Columbus High School in 1942. Following school, he went to work on the family owned Elmview Dairy Farm and became a partner with his brothers in 1968.
Dave was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Corry, and served on the Building and Grounds Committee. He was also a 60 year member of the Grange in Columbus, Pa., a member of the State and National Grange, receiving the 7th degree in Columbus, Oh., in 1947, served as Pamona Master for Warren County in 1957 and 1958, and was PA State Grange Deputy for 8 years. Was a member of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department for over 60 years, he served as President for 16 years, Assistant Chief for 2 years, and Chief for 10 years, and was President of the Warren County Fire Association for several years. Dave was also a 4H leader, served as Constable of Columbus Township, was on the Legislative Committee for the Corry Area Chamber of Commerce, and an Advisory Board member of the former Marine Bank. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Farmer’s Association of Warren County, President of the Columbus Cemetery Association.
Dave enjoyed woodworking, spending winters in Florida, and traveling, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy King and a brother, Leslie Curtis.
Dave is survived by his wife, Mary Woodburn Curtis, whom he married in 1948 in Lottsville, Pa.; two daughters, Marcia Johnson and her husband Donald, and Betty Jo Waltier and her husband Nicholas, all of Corry, Pa.; a son, Dr. David Curtis and his wife Kathleen of Folsom, Calif.; two sisters, Annette Goldkettle and her husband Arrone of Port Hope, Mich., and Amy Pinegar of Clackamas, Ore.; and two brothers; James Curtis and his wife Geraldine of Stillwater, Okla., and Harold Curtis and his wife Arlene of Columbus, Pa. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Melissa Turben and her husband Cory, Amanda Bump and her husband Dan, Marcus Johnson and his wife Chandra, Alison Waltier, Anthony Waltier, Brendon Curtis and his wife Stevee, Carleton Curtis and his wife Jaime; and 8 greatgrandchildren, Tyler Engle, Alexa and Zachary Turben, Scarlet Curtis, Joleen and Johnny Curtis, and Jeremiah and Samuel Johnson; many nieces and nephews; and a special “adopted” son and wife, Hector and Grace Dimicali of Manila, Philippines.
Family and friends are invited to call at the First Presbyterian Church, 607 W. Smith St., Corry, Pa., on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12 noon. Rev Larry Myers will officiate.
Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Pa.
Family suggests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Corry, 607 W. Smith St., Corry, PA 16407 or the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 366, Columbus PA 16405.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa.