April 5, 1933 - Jan. 3, 2012
BENKELMAN, Nebraska -- Curtis LeoMcEvoy, age 78,
on Jan. 3, 2012, where he had resided for the last three
years. He was surrounded by his family to ease his way.
Curtis was born to Leo and Doris (Sparks) McEvoy on
April 5, 1933. He was the well-loved second child of a family
of seven children, Indiana, Curtis,
DorisMarie, Rosemary, Frank, Geraldine
and Janet. It was a family of fun
and laughter, but hard times. Curtis
and Frank were the biggest clowns of
Curtis attended school in Benkelman
until the tenth grade, and then
quit to go to work. He worked at the
Quality Market in Benkelman.
He joined the Navy in April 1952, near the end of the Korean
War. He served his country for
four years and was honorably discharged
When he returned, he worked as a
rough neck in the oil fields near Sterling,
Colorado. He was later employed
at Safeway and Red Owl in Sterling.
He transferred to Fort Collins, Colorado, where he worked
at King Soopers on Taft Hill Road until he retired in 1988.
Curtis was united in marriage to Aletha Hunt in 1956.
To their union a son, Curtis Donovan and a daughter,
Tamra Jean, were born.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Leo and Doris
McEvoy; his former wife, Aletha Hunt; sisters, Geraldine
Turpin and Rosemary Sauvage; brothers-in-law, Harold
Brown, Bob Turpin, and Bill Randall.
Surviving him are his son, DonMcEvoy and wife, Jean;
his daughter, Tamra McEvoy; brother, Frank McEvoy and
wife, Margaret; sisters, Indiana Wood, Doris Randall, and
Janet Lee and husband, Norman; grandchildren, Shannon
Schrader, ZackaryMcEvoy, Seth and LindseyMcEvoy; Dee
and Kay Friesen and five great-grandchildren; numerous
nieces, nephews (especially Harold Brown) and cousins.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Benkelman
Hester Home or American Legion.
Graveside services withMilitaryHonors will be held Saturday,
Jan. 7, 2012, 2 p.m.MT at the Benkelman Cemetery
with Rev. Keith Reuther officiating.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the