Mr. James Darryl Curran, 79, of Bartlesville, died at 12:20 P.M. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 peacefully in his sleep at his home following an extended illness.
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Funeral services for Mr. Curran will be held at 1 P.M. Monday, January 6, 2014 in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Keith Fallis officiating. Graveside services held at 1 P.M. on Tuesday at the Sunny Slope Cemetery at Blue Mound, Kansas directed by the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory.
The Curran family will receive guests for visitation at the Stumpff Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 P.M. until 6 P.M.
Casket escorts will include Jason Curran, Michael Greg Curran, Mark Hainline, Michael Curran, Steve Curran, Jason Hinsdell, Steve Earley, Clay Thurman, Don Eckert and Gary Artz.
Memorial funds have been established and those who wish may send their contributions to the Blue Mound Alumni Association, c/o Judy Brownback, 1445 Kansas Highway 3, Blue Mound, Kansas 66013 or to Cornerstone Hospice,
James D. Curran was born August 26, 1934 in Mound City, Kansas to Greg Mitchell Curran and O. Hazel (Murrow) Curran. Jim grew up in Linn County, Kansas and lived on various farms in the southwest part of the county. He attended Unity Rural Grade School until it closed. He then went to Blue Mound Grade School and graduated from Blue Mound High School with the Class of 1952.
On April 10, 1957, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was first at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and then at Ft. Dix N.J. He served in Berlin, Germany for two years. On October 8, 1960, he married Charlene Artz at Blue Mound, Kansas.
Jim worked for various farmers in his youth. After returning from the Army, he went to work for Seals Hay Company. Over time, he worked for Artz Service Station and later Artz Hardware in Blue Mound. He also worked for Berg Manufacturing in Iola and was a school bus driver for Blue Mound school.
The family moved to Bartlesville, OK in 1976. He then worked for TRW Reda Pump for eight years. He then worked for Lorenz Plumbing for two years before retiring from Phillips Petroleum in 1993. After retiring, he worked for Oilfield Pipe & Supply in Dewey, retiring there in 2008.
Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Charlene; daughter Charla Mann and husband Gerry of Bartlesville; Jimmie Curran and wife Karen of Broken Arrow; Scott Curran and companion Heather White of Bartlesville; two brothers L.D. Curran and wife Christine of Altamont, Ks; Frank Curran and wife Judy of Ottawa, Ks. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jennie Curran, Greg Curran, and Kaylee May Curran; four step-grandchildren, and one great-grandson, Wyatt Matthew and numerous nieces and nephews.. He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Joel Dane Curran in 1966.
Jim was a member of the Blue Mound Methodist Church.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory
1600 Southeast Washington Boulevard
Bartlesville, OK 74006
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 3 to Feb. 2, 2014