Gerald Curtis (1929-2021)
Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 7/2/2021 at 12:55:23
Gerald "Jerry" Curtis, age of 91, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster, Wisconsin.
He was born on December 31, 1929, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Earl and Lucille (Hoffman) Curtis. As a young boy, Jerry lived and grew up in the Cuba City area where he attended grade school and graduated from Cuba City High School in 1949.
Following high school, Jerry farmed with his dad and three brothers until he was drafted into the United States Army, where he proudly served his country from 1950 to 1953. During his time of service, Jerry was stationed in Camp Gordon, Georgia and Germany.
On August 12, 1953, he married Millavieve M. "Millie" Brandt at the Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, Wisconsin. Professionally, Jerry was an ambitious man owning and operating a dairy farm for 32 years while simultaneously maintaining a career at the Dubuque Packing House for 27 years. Millie and Jerry operated a lunch wagon at farm auctions which lead them to eventually own and operate a local community restaurant, "The Hilltop." In his retirement years, Jerry found himself working part-time at the Diamond Jo Casino.
Throughout his life he was an active member of his community serving as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 6480, Uppena-Kroepfle American Legion Post No. 473 and Berg-Averkamp VFW Post No. 5276. Additionally, Jerry played an active role in the Saint Andrew & Thomas Catholic parish, serving as an usher and gift bearer.
He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, dancing, BINGO, had a love for cars and John Deere tractors. Jerry was kindhearted, giving, valued those around him, shared his emotions through tears, which melted our hearts, and had an immense love for family and his country.
Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Millie; their children: Mary (Tom) Droessler; Susan (Paul) Rojemann; Larry (Jackie) Curtis; Linda (Vernon) Bennett; Kevin (Lou Ann) Curtis; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Glenn (Midge) Curtis; two brothers-in-law: John "Jackie" Droessler and Donald Lange; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Angel Rojemann in infancy; two brothers: Floyd and Wilbert Curtis; six sisters-in-law: Marie, Gloria, Betty Curtis, Eula and Pauline Droessler, and Irma Lange; a brother-in-law, Harvey (Audrey) Brandt.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial with military honors will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson. Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is entrusted with his care.
The family would like to thank Orchard Manor for their wonderful care throughout the past four years for our father, Gerald. Grant Regional Health Care, we thank you for the care and compassion for Gerald and our family.
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