Paul "Sam" Curley MSGT USAF RET passed away on July 8, 2013, in Papillion, Neb., where he had lived for almost six years. Prior to that, he was a resident of Bellevue, Neb.
Sam served in the United State Air Force for 21 years and 5 months. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his three tours of duty in Viet Nam. Additional military decorations included two Meritorious Service Medals and two Air Force Commendation Medals as well as many other medals. When he retired from the Air Force in 1981, Sam went to work for WOWT Channel 6 in Omaha in the Promotion department. From WOWT he took a position as Executive Director of the Council Bluffs Business Association and was there more than 10 years. His last position was as Development Director for the Nebraska Kidney Association. Sam retired in 2008 and devoted his life to his grandchildren. He often called them the centers of his universe.
Sam is survived by his wife of more than 44 years, LaVerne (Sticken) Curley; one son, Paul S. Curley, III, of Papillion; one daughter-in-law, Michelle (Anderson) Curley, of Omaha; two grandchildren, Brayden 9 and Brenna 7; sister, Patty (Charles) Nelson, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and sister, Donna (Jacob) Frydman, of Highland Beach, Fla.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service at 6 p.m., on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home and Crematory in Council Bluffs. Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be no graveside services as Sam will be interred at a later date. The family requests memorials to St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bellevue or the Nebraska Kidney Association.
This obituary was originally published in The Daily Nonpareil.