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Curtis J. Knowles


Curtis J. Knowles, 81, of Athens, MI went with God on March 27, 2104 after a long and valiant battle with dementia.  Curtis was born to Milton and Jessie on March 2, 1933 in Addison, MI where he grew up on the family farm.  He was an only child but learned the importance of family at an early age and treasured each and every one of them.  Curtis graduated from Addison High School and then went on to Michigan State University and graduated with a physical education degree from Hillsdale College.  He got his first teaching job in Grass Lake where he also drove school bus and taught drivers training. 

Curt moved to Athens in 1966, which he would forever call his home.  He taught PE and health and coached numerous sports teams for 30 years where he would earn the names "Curtie", "CJ", and "Coach" by his students whom he would never forget throughout the years. Curt also started and ran a successful Excavating business and specialized in digging numerous pools all over the state.  Curtie was definitely a people person and loved talking to everyone and telling his jokes everywhere he went.  He was an avid sports fan, which is proven by the fact that he attended the MHSAA boys state basketball finals for 64 years straight, only missing this past year due to his health.  Curt enjoyed his retirement by supporting each of his grandchildren at their different sporting events as well as driving his antique cars and going out to dinner with old friends. 

Curtis married Judith (Kerwin) of Springport in 1966 and they had three loving children who absolutely adored him: Lucy Lamson, Sara (Jeff) Stanton, and John (Jennifer) Knowles all from the Athens area.  He was so proud of his 7 grandchildren:  Jessie (Mark), Josie, Luke, Siana, Toren, Damon, and Keleigh.  He also had 2 great-grandchildren: Paityn, and Thor, step-son Scott (Marcene) Heckman and step-granddaughters Rochelle and Neely. 

Curtis met and married his soul mate, Sally in 2008 and she was the only one who loved a "ball game" just as much as he did.  She loved and cared for him in a way that allowed him to stay out in the community he loved for as long as possible.  His only regret in life would be that he and Sally didn't have more time together.  Curtis leaves a legacy of love for family, teaching, and God that will forever leave a place in the heart of all who met him.                

 A celebration of Curtis' life will be held on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Athens High School gymnasium. Rev. Daryl Dexter of Sherwood Free Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Sherwood Cemetery in Sherwood Township. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 1:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M. at Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation, located 3 miles east of M-66 on M-60, in Union City.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the of Michigan or the Athens Area Community Foundation to establish a scholarship in Curtis' memory.

Please visit www.lighthousefuneral.com to share memories, pictures and videos with family.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from May 28 to May 29, 2014
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