Robert Curtis "Curtis" Mabry (1958 - 2015)

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  • "A wonderful, genuine gentleman. I will truly miss him."
    - Mike Griffis
  • "I had the privilege to work with Curtis for over 10 years..."
    - Marty & Judy Demeter
  • "Much love from the Reeves family in Nashville. Our thoughts..."
    - Jamie Reeves
  • "Gods Blessings for Christi and the Mabry family. We shall..."
    - Rosie Gerkin
  • "I was so impressed by Curtis's genuineness and humble..."
    - Merit Stloukal
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On July 26, 2015, Robert Curtis Mabry went to be with our heavenly father.
A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be given in honor of Curtis to the 143 First St., Batavia, Ill., 60510 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, Va. 22116. Online condolences may be expressed at
His father, John Mabry, precedes Curtis in death. He is survived by his wife, Christi, and their children, Jonathan Mabry (Lindsay), Andrea Deliman (Andy); grandsons, Andrew, Austin and Ashton; mother, Virginia; brother, Brad; and sister, Rebecca.
Curtis was born on Sept. 10, 1958, to John and Virginia Mabry in Vandalia. On Aug.7, 1982, Curtis married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life and his soulmate, Christine Bandelow, also in Vandalia. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Andrea and Jonathan.
Curtis attended high school in Vandalia and went on to college at Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois.
His career took him to Lafayette, La.; Lake St. Louis, Mo.; West Chester, Pa.; and St. Charles, Ill., where his last position was vice president of sales, marketing and communications.
Throughout their life journey, Curtis and Christi made lifelong friendships; not just friendships that meant an occasional Christmas card, but true, loving, caring friends. People were drawn to be friends with Curtis, which, in turn, led to many of his friends becoming close. Being a friend of Curtis meant that it was good enough to be friends with anyone in his life. If life was a game measured by the quality and quantity of friends that you have, Curtis won.
Curtis held nothing back and yet had no enemies. He never talked down to anyone and had a unique ability to relate, communicate and care about everyone. If you were one of the lucky ones who had the chance to meet him, you came away a better person. He brought out the best in the people he associated with. Words truly fall short of describing the impact to the lives of those whom had the true pleasure of crossing paths with Curtis.
Curtis loved the outdoors and being with friends. He loved sports, especially watching a college game involving the University of Illinois, Penn State or Iowa State (alma mater schools of his children). The St. Louis Cardinals were a true love of his that will always have a special place in his heart. He enjoyed golf, whether it was watching on television on a Sunday afternoon or playing with his wife, children or buddies.
Curtis' passing leaves a lot of people he touched in his 56 years feeling empty. But, to feel empty, you had to be full at some point. The emptiness we feel for the passing of our son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend is because we were blessed and full of love for this genuine, loving caring man. Share your stories with each other and know he would not want us to grieve, but to continue to live our lives. We should follow the example he set and hope to even come close to being as good of a man and person as Curtis Mabry – or as many knew him as – Mabe.

Published in The Leader-Union from July 31 to Aug. 12, 2015
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