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Dick Curtiss
  • 62 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 13, 1952
  • Place of birth:
    Virginia, Minnesota, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 7, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Ocoee, Florida, United States
I took a trip with Mark Lence to see the football game @ the Air Force Academy and it was wild.

This memorial website was created in memory of Richard "Dick" Curtiss, 62, born on November 13, 1952. He passed away on November 7, 2015. We will remember him forever and cherish his smile, his sense of humor, his kindness, his brilliant mind, his dedication to his family and to his country, and his love of Rock & Roll.

A punny, punny man: his passions were his family, friends, and the most spoiled 10 year old house cat on the planet.  His inqusitive mind lead him on a lifelong quest of discovering the unknown; specifically, geneology, NASA space travel and his love for technology. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Lori Hickey on 7th November 2016

"I miss that sharp wit and  that smile that said..we're on the same page..what took you so long???
Miss you, Dick"

This tribute was added by Kelli Curtiss on 7th November 2016

"I love and miss you very much. I will be listening to some of your best stories today.
All my love, KC(Yes, and the Sunshine Band)!!!
His humor still cracks me up!"

This tribute was added by patricia McMartin on 10th August 2016

"Rest in  peace dad"

This tribute was added by Melissa Bradley on 18th May 2016

"Miss you more than my words could ever express. Wish I could pick up the phone and hear your voice. I know you are there watching over us every single day."

This tribute was added by Melissa Bradley on 26th February 2016

"Missing you so much Daddy. Love you"

This tribute was added by Melissa Bradley on 3rd January 2016

"Happy New Year Dad/Grandpa. We love you and think about you every day, but you know that. ❤❤❤"

This tribute was added by Melissa Bradley on 24th December 2015

"Merry Christmas Daddy. We Love you."

This tribute was added by Kelli Curtiss on 5th December 2015

"Thank you for sharing the IRM memorial post.  Dick had so many work stories.  I appreciate all of his coworkers that came out for his service.  I am hopeful that John will add a chapter or two for us."

This tribute was added by Kelli Curtiss on 27th November 2015

"We made it official on this day six years ago.  I love you always and forever!
Special Thanks to Pastor Ernie Post!
I love you Mr. Mailman.
Love, KC"

This tribute was added by Melissa Bradley on 26th November 2015

"Happy Thanksgiving Daddy. This one is going to be a tough one. It's my first one without you here. I'm sure  that you prepped the stuffing last night and your getting the bird ready for the grill. I know that Grandma is there with you tasting everything to make sure it's just right. I hear the teasing and laughing between you two when I close my eyes. When I watch the parade today I know you'll be watching with me. I Love You and miss you always."

This tribute was added by Kelli Curtiss on 25th November 2015

"Thank you all for the outpouring of support via this site, calls and cards from all over the world!  His classmates have shared some great stories too which I will try to bring on to this site.
Work kept me busy with CLEW updates and what do you know? The message (from Dick) was all just zeros and ones."

This tribute was added by Dawn Genzlinger on 24th November 2015

"Kelli - I am so sorry for your loss.  

I worked with Dick for 16 or so years.  Some would say that Dick and I were not close.  That would have been true up until 2010.  We worked together but didn't really share much.  

I'm not sure what prompted the change but I definitely relate to all the memories shared here.  The infamous grin, ta da!, and a love of fun and morning coffee.  He shared his enthusiasm for his family history and his letter to his mother with me, and his work in the military in Supply, his love for programming and improvements to work processes that generated from it.  We talked about family, some of our coworkers who had passed and plans and hopes for the future of IT in VA.  We shared a bit of geography in that my family was from the Dakota's and his from Minnesota.  The Olee and Lena jokes and Ya Ya comments were always present and welcome.  

No one was prouder than he was the day he had his 40 year picture taken with his daughter and grandchild.  He'd talk of his daughter's wedding and the babies antics.  

His passion for protecting his staff and keeping the future in mind were ever present in his actions.  He could get angry when threats to productive and efficient things occurred.  I was so glad when he told me of his getting married.  I wanted to be there and am even more sorry now I was not.  

I cannot believe he's gone to be honest.  He should have had more time, years in fact.  I will miss him.  May God hold him now."

This tribute was added by Andrew Slezak on 24th November 2015

"Kelli, I am sorry for your lose. Our deepest sympathys and prayers from my family and your respiratory family at St. Joe's."

This tribute was added by Cathy Lamke on 18th November 2015

"I first met Dick when we were just young kids. My fondest memories of him were when he'd come out to "the farm" in Markham (MN) to visit or to go deer hunting with the guys. Yes, his smile was contagious and his stories were hilarious. He would have my Mom doubled over with laughter many a time. Thanks for the wonderful pictures Kelli.  Rest in Peace Dick."

This tribute was added by Melissa Bradley on 16th November 2015

"The Broken Chain
By: Ron Tranmer

We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again."

This tribute was added by Brian Jacob on 16th November 2015

"Vanessa and I are sorry for your loss and have your family our thoughts and prayers. We enjoyed all of the stories and pictures posted. For the decades I knew him, Dick inspired all with his personality plus and work ethic. I will never forget walking into a meeting full of sharks seeing Dick there and knowing he had my 6, whatever the consequences; I learned so much about life from that. I'm honored to have known and worked for a man with such endless qualities.  Dick's spirit lives on in all the lives he touched. We missed him after he retired and even more so now!"

This tribute was added by Sandy DeSimone on 13th November 2015

"Our condolences to the family at this sad time. Joe and I were so sorry to hear about Dick's passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. Dick was one of a kind. His family, friends and his job were very important to him. We were always a bit jealous of ALL the times he just up and went to Universal Studios. ( we all continue to have the kid in us that doesn't go away...and for good reason) Live Life to the Fullest!"

This tribute was added by Keith Rohde on 13th November 2015

"Where do I start…??    Dick was many things to me – truly one of a kind and one of the most multi-faceted people I’ve ever known.  As others have written, he always had a story to tell, and the details were important to him because he wanted you to have an “experience” as if you were there too.  I was fortunate to hear dozens of those stories over the decades I knew him.  I also know he loved his family, veterans, and pretty much anything Minnesota or Hard Rock Café related.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.  So long 1942, and rock on !!"

This tribute was added by Tammy Morgan-Queary on 13th November 2015

"Kelli I was so sorry to see that Dick had passed. I only met him that one time but I'm glad I did. You seem like you had met your soul mate in him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls during this time. Love you much Tam."

This tribute was added by Paul Chartrand on 13th November 2015

"Kelli, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and Dick's family at this time of sorrow. Anything I can do, just call."

This tribute was added by Melissa Bradley on 13th November 2015

"Happy Birthday Daddy. I love you."

This tribute was added by Kelli Curtiss on 12th November 2015

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It is all just zeros and ones.
I have a plan!"

This tribute was added by Deborah Gentilini on 12th November 2015

"What I remember about Dick is this. There was a bowling alley in Virginia, MN -- don't remember the name cuz I'm OLDER... This bowling alley did not have automatic pin setters. They had THE BOYS, like Dick Curtis, who would be at the end of the alley, hand setting the pins after every throw. I still, to this day, tell the younger folks about how we used to bowl in Virginia.He was one great guy."

This tribute was added by Robert Curtiss on 12th November 2015

"Walked in the sauna after deer hunting and saw the sponges Uncle Dick sent after his last visit. God bless you and your family."

This tribute was added by Delores Brooks on 12th November 2015

"I only knew Dick for a few years also, he definitely was  a wonderful person and I enjoyed listening to his stories. When I came in to work he was always there with that big grin ready to tell you a story.  He always made you feel as if you were there. He'll truly be missed and I'm keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. A great blessing to us all, May God continue to bless you on your journey home and thanks for the time he allowed you to share with us."

This tribute was added by Kim Faison on 12th November 2015

"Truly sorry to hear this news.  Dick was a great guy and shared with me many great stories made even better when told with the Minnesota accent!  He always made me laugh and had a great taste in music...except for maybe the polkas....  He will be missed by many."

This tribute was added by Jeanne Bandelow on 12th November 2015

"Wonderful pictures, thank you for sharing.  I only knew Dick for a short time (2000-2009) but he definitely left an impression.  Short story, went for a walk one day, when I came home there was liver and onions on my kitchen table!  Compliments of Dick.  He could seriously cook up some liver and onions!!!  God bless his family and friends during this time of loss."

This tribute was added by Roy Gaber on 12th November 2015

"A truly unique man, we had many good times together, I find it hard to believe he is not with us anymore.  You will always be in my heart Dick.  I am sure you know that.  Have a safe and awesome journey my friend.

CPE1704TKS"

This tribute was added by Amanda Dixon on 12th November 2015

"Daddy Curtiss so loving,generous and  funny! Best choir Dad ever! We will miss you! Xo"

This tribute was added by Todd Klatt on 11th November 2015

"Rest In Peace Dick."

This tribute was added by sheryle barrett on 11th November 2015

"Thoughts and prayers for all your family, may you be at peace"

This tribute was added by Debbie McMartin on 11th November 2015

"I hope you are finally at peace."

This tribute was added by Brenda Suihkonen on 10th November 2015

"I remember bowling with him at the bowling gardens. Always a fun time when he was around. He had one of the best smiles. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Melissa Bradley on 10th November 2015

"I Love You Daddy and I miss you.  I know that you are there with Grandma and now I have both of you watching over me and my children.  You are a such a wonderful Grandpa and I am so thankful that you were able to know them and them you. I will always look to you for advice and when i need someone to talk to. I have so many crazy memories and i will tresure every one of them. I will forever be your Little Girl."

This tribute was added by Dan Jayson on 10th November 2015

"A long time and best friend who will be dearly missed by me. I am thankful to have known him and have many great memories of him. He will not be forgotten. Rest in peace my brother."

This tribute was added by Kelli Curtiss on 10th November 2015

"I love you!  I celebrate your life and all of the love and laughter that we have shared together."


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