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W. Curtis Brisch, 72, passed away on May 21, 2013, with his loving wife Barbara at his side. Curtis was a devoted husband and father, a doting grandfather, and dedicated servant of God. He died unexpectedly while recovering from respiratory complications.
Curtis was a native Texan, who loved this fine State, leaving only to serve in the Navy. Curtis was born in Victoria on September 3, 1940. He attended the Schreiner Institute, then a military academy, in Kerrville. After graduation, he joined the Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Firedrake. When his service was complete, Curtis returned to Houston. He married Barbara Ann Bell on February 12, 1966. He graduated with a B.B.A. from the University of Houston and became a C.P.A. He began his career at Harris, Kerr, Forster, but soon joined Boring & Tunneling Company as the Assistant Controller, where he worked for over 30 years, also serving as Vice President-Finance and Treasurer.
Curtis always honored his family. He and Barbara knew each other for over 50 years and celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary this February. Together, they raised two sons, Michael and Allen. Curtis was active in his sons' scouting activities, serving as Cubmaster and supporting each son in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Curtis also delighted in his grandchildren, frequenting the little league games of each of his grandsons and sharing a love of Tejano music with his infant granddaughter and always making her giggle.
Curtis was a tireless and dependable servant of God at St. John's Presbyterian Church. A member for over 35 years, Curtis served as Elder, Treasurer, and Financial Secretary. Curtis was also active in the Presbytery of the New Covenant.
Curtis is survived by his wife Barbara; his two sons, Michael Curtis and wife Karen; and Allen Henry and wife Leena; and his three grandchildren, Alexander, Charles, and Divya. Curtis was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Elkins Brisch Urbaniak; father, Emil Henry Brisch; and stepfather, Charles Edward Urbaniak. Curtis will be sorely missed.
Curtis' life was celebrated at St. John's Presbyterian Church on May 23, 2013. At his request, his wife and two sons spread his ashes in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Galveston Island. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to The Star of Hope Mission, www.sohmission.org, 6897 Ardmore, Houston, Texas 77054, a charity to which Curtis enjoyed making frequent visits.

Published in Houston Chronicle on May 26, 2013
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