Kurt Curtiss

Obituary
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Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, born Oct. 14, 1981 in Phoenix, Ariz., died Aug. 26, 2009, from wounds he suffered while serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. The first viewing will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 255 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, and again from 10:30-11:30 a.m., with a funeral at noon Wednesday at Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 Camp Williams Road, Riverton-Bluffdale, Utah. Interment will be shortly after the funeral. He married Elizabeth Ann Black on June 14, 2000 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in September 2001. He served two tours in Iraq; first tour, 2003-2004 with the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.; second tour in Iraq 2006-2007; and third tour, he deployed March 2009 to Afghanistan; both served with the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson. Staff Sgt. Curtiss had many interests including martial arts, dirt biking, 4-wheeling, jamming on his guitar and spending time with his family. He was a loving father, husband, son, brother and friend. He was a caring person who always placed others before himself. He will always be remembered for his love, devotion, compassion and humor. He is loved by many and will always be his family's Number One hero. Staff Sgt. Curtiss is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ann Curtiss, his children, Joshua and Cecilia; mother, Ruth Serrano; father, Robert (Kim) Curtiss; sisters, Lynn (David) Burr-Curtiss, Leha Harkins, Jenna Curtiss and Caroline Curtiss; grandmother, Carol Curtiss; great-aunt, Ruth Robinson; nieces and nephews, Cody, Ariah, Justin, and Kiara; in-laws, Kenneth A. and Judith P. Black; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Black; and his good friend whom he considered as a brother, Daniel Longoria. Online guestbooks are available at www.adn.com/obituaries and at www.russonmortuary.com. A fund has been set up for Staff Sgt. Curtiss' children with Police and Fire Federal Credit Union, 900 Market St., Room 101, Philadelphia, PA; (215-922-5474). In lieu of flowers donations may be made with the Fisher House Foundation Inc., www.fisherhouse.org.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2009
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