Jack F. Curtis
Jack F. Curtis, age 82, 717 Green Ave. Stevens Point, died on May 13, 2013.
He had been residing at North Crest Assisted Living Facility for the past year.
Jack was born in Zanesville Ohio in 1930. Both his mother and father highly valued education so it is not surprising that Jack obtained a BA from Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, an MA from Ohio University, Athens Ohio, and attended Pennsylvania State University. He ultimately was conferred his PhD. D in Speech and Hearing Therapy from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio in 1960 .
Jack's teaching career began at Wayne State University, Detroit MI. Moving to Stevens Point, WI in 1970 he began teaching in the Communicative Disorders Department at UWSP. He was considered his department's computer specialist. In his retirement statement, 1992, he remembered those tenured years as enjoying students, writing successful grants to obtain equipment for a state of the art hearing laboratory, and publishing two books.
Following his professional career, Jack had the opportunity to devote himself full time to one of his true loves.....writing. Enjoying a long prior association with Krause Publishing, in Iola, WI, Jack wrote "Auction Pulse" a monthly column monitoring the national art and auction market for Today's Collector. His sense of humor revealed itself in his annual "Are You Nuts? Award" which went to the strangest collectible nominated (fire hydrants, airline sick bags, etc.).
Volunteering characterizes his retirement years. The dedicated staff and volunteers at St. Vincent De Paul, Ministry Lifeline, and Operation Bootstrap inspired him to serve on the boards of directors as well as perform hours and hours of direct service. He also served on various City of Stevens Point committees including Safety, Parks and Recreation, Planning and as a poll worker.
Traveling was another love he had the time to pursue. With his wife, he visited France, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Switzerland, and Italy, the most memorable visit being Sorrento, Italy.
Jack's life during his career and his retirement was full of friends and conversation. He loved reading and collecting books. The arts and theater gave him endless hours of enjoyment and solace. He was an avid follower of all things magic and supported the American Museum of Magic in Marshal MI. His loyalty to The Ohio State University Buckeyes was legendary.
Earlier in life, Jack married Jane Heath (Huber) in 1956. They divorced but
remained best of friends throughout their lives.
Jack is survived by his wife, Joan M. Honl. She continues to reside in Stevens Point. They recently celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary.
He also leaves a daughter, Nancy Lynn (John) McIntyre, Orland Hills, IL, two step-daughters, Laura (Greg) Ouimet, Akron Ohio, and Mary Overzet, Minneapolis, MN. Four beautiful grandchildren loved Grandpa Jack and his homemade bread...John, Henry, Anna, and Eric.
Jack died peacefully under the care of Ministry Hospice.
Special thanks to Lori Shuler for helping both Jack and his wife deal with the challenges of progressive dementia. Care provided by Teri Lepak and the direct service staff at North Crest and Kimberly Nowak was loving and comforting and Jack thought of them as extended family.
A Remembrance Reception is planned for June 15 at Michele's Restaurant from Noon until 2 pm for friends and family to gather and share memories.
Given his love of feeding people and in lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory can be made to Operation Bootstrap, 5000 Heffron, Stevens Point WI 54481.
Boston Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. A graveside service and burial will take place in Zanesville Ohio later this summer.
Published in Stevens Point Journal on May 23, 2013
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