CURTIS RANGELL(1916 - 2013)

CURTIS RANGELL November 24, 1916 - February 6, 2013 Curtis Rangell, 96, was born November 24, 1916 in Chowchilla, CA. He passed away in Red Bluff, February 6, 2013. His father followed road construction which made it necessary to travel throughout California. This necessitated his attending 26 grammar schools and 4 high schools. While in high school, his father left Curtis and his brother in South San Francisco to shift for themselves. He caddied at a golf course and did other odd jobs to get by. During WWII, he was an airplane mechanic in the Army Air Corp. He spent the entire war at the Reno Air Base in Reno, NV. Following the war he worked as a plant mechanic and attended Heald College on the GI Bill, where he earned a Master's Electrician Certificate. He later was an electrical contractor for over 30 years. After retirement, he settled in Red Bluff where he met his current wife, Gwyndolin. For the last 20 years they enjoyed ballroom dancing and traveling the world. During retirement he decided to attend college and enrolled at Shasta College. People would ask him, "why college at this late date". He had a curiosity about everything and always had a desire to learn. At 86 he was the oldest Shasta College graduate. Curtis had 2 children pre-decease him. He is survived by his wife, Gwyndolin, of Red Bluff and his nephew, Joe Rangell of Stockton. At his request, no services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to the Neptune Society of No CA, Chico Branch.

Published in Daily News on Feb. 19, 2013