Loren G. Curtis
1950 – 2013
Loren G. Curtis, 62, of Pleasant Hope, Mo., formerly of Gallatin, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo. as the result of an auto accident. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery near Gallatin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Loren Curtis Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.
Loren was born August 21, 1950 to Virgil and Louise (Stephens) Curtis in Gallatin. He graduated from Gallatin High School in 1968 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He proudly served his country for five years and did one tour in Vietnam. Loren was employed at Modine in Trenton, drove a truck for the Gallatin MFA and also worked as a lineman, which took him all over the country. He began his cement mason career where he worked for many years as a plaster and concrete finisher for George Shaw retiring in 2011. During that time Loren became a union representative for Local 518 working his way up the ladder. He was the business agent for the union covering five states as well as lobbying in Jefferson City for the union. Loren’s outgoing personality, knowledge of the job and his ability to strike up a conversation with anyone gave him the confidence to serve his fellow union members and work for the betterment of the union.
In his spare time, Loren liked to do woodworking but his true passion was landscaping, he enjoyed designing and completing projects. Loren was a wonderful cook and delighted in making a meal for family and friends, in his spare time he liked to ride his motorcycle. He had just recently become interested in organic gardening and took pride in raising chickens; he was at his best when he was outside. Loren loved his family and friends and especially children. He lived life to the fullest and his motto was “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Loren was preceded in death by his father Virgil Curtis, infant brothers, Donnie and Lloyd Curtis, and his sister Rosalie Barnes.
Survivors include his son Joshua (Kasey) Curtis of Kansas City, Mo., daughter Shauna (Josh) Page of Springfield, Mo., mother, Louise Curtis of Gallatin, brothers, Howard C. Curtis of Excelsior Springs, Gary R. and Donna Curtis of Winston, Rex Curtis of Fair Chance, Pennsylvania, sisters, Zelpha (Jim) Milligan of Braymer and Kate Parks of Fleming, Mo., grandchildren, Lenny, Nathaniel, Tyrel, Taylor and Brayden.
Online condolences may be left at www.mcwilliamsfuneralhomes.com.