MARY ESTHER, Fla., — Duane Dean Curtis, 75, husband of Anna Mohrs Curtis, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Per his request his remains were cremated.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at First Christian Church in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
The youngest son of Max and Hattie Novotny Curtis of Ree Heights, he was born in neighboring Highmore on December 23, 1944.
When he was six, his father passed away of cancer, and his mother later married Benjamin Bezner of Highmore.
Dean participated in sports in his younger years—including being on the first five of Highmore High School’s District Championship Basketball Team of 1962—and, lifelong, was an avid sports fan.
Subsequent to graduation from Highmore High School in 1962, he enlisted in the military. He retired after 26 years of active duty, having served three years in the U.S. Army and then 23 in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Vietnam veteran.
In 1972, Dean and Anna married, and he became stepfather to her son and two daughters.
Surviving, in addition to Anna, are the three children, Michael (Sandi) Mack of Fort Walton Beach; Karen (Marlin) Metzger of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Kimberly (Patrick) Malone of Louisville, Ky.; four grandchildren, Sarah Malone, Christen Malone, and finance, Emilio Vallecillio, Zachary (Chelsea)Romaine, Justin (Katya) Romaine; two great-grandchildren, Jane Romaine and Diego Vallecillo; and Anna’s sister, Margriet Mohrs of Holland and other family members there.
Also surviving are Dean’s brother, Jerry (Ruth)Curtis of Waynesboro, Va.; sister-in-law, Loyola Curtis (widow of Bryan) of Hopkins, Minn.; stepsisters, Florence (Richard) Straight of Florence, Colo., and Virginia (Delmar) Van Zee of Miller; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his father, were his mother and stepfather; brothers, Bryan and Bruce Curtis; and stepsisters, Doris (Art) Cermak, and Pearl (Vern) Loken.
Arrangements have been handled by the Pittman Funeral Home, Geneva, Ala.