ATWOOD -- J.R. "Dick" Curtin, 77, died Friday (Sept. 5, 2003) at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
He was born April 5, 1926, to John Everest and Jesse Lillian (Montgomery) Curtin in Rawlins County in the Clinton Township. He attended country school through the eighth grade and attended Colby High School in Colby, Kan., for two years followed by his final two years at Atwood High School.
Following his high school graduation, he entered the Army and later served as a riflery instructor for basic training camp.
On Aug. 1, 1949, he married Virginia Lee Anderson at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atwood.
He was a farmer and rancher and a longtime resident of the Rawlings County area.
He served on the Tully school district board, the Tully St. Patrick's Church board, the Atwood Country Club board and served on the Farmer's Home Administration County Committees from 1981-1985.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons-in-law; Peyton Badgett and David Parker; and brother-in-law, Mori Kutsuma.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia of Atwood; two daughters, Debbi Parker of Columbus, Ohio and Deanna Badgett of Louisville, Ky.; one son, Lynn and wife, Jan of Atwood; one brother, John Curtin of Colby; four sisters, Marie Kutsuma of Lakewood, Colo., Jean Mallory and husband, Raymond of Colby; Erma Cox and husband, Marvin of Atwood and Merle Peterson and husband, Bob of Lakewood; and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial is Tuesday, 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atwood with the Rev. Damian Richards officiating. Interment is at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Atwood.
A parish vigil and Knights of Columbus rosary will be recited Monday, 7 p.m., at Williams Funeral Home of Atwood.
Visitation is Monday, 1-9 p.m., at the funeral home in Atwood.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Atwood Country Club Tree Fund of the Atwood Swimming Pool Fund.
Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of the arrangements.