John D. Curl, 80, of Chrisney went peacefully to his eternal rest Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital after a long battle with several illnesses.
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He was born July 10, 1932, to Isaac and Willie (Harden) Curl in Chandler.
He grew up in the Evansville and Derby areas before he and his parents finally settled in the Chrisney area, where he met and married his first wife, Shirley (Deweese) Hale, mother of his two children, Anita and Aaron.
He and his father ran a sawmill for a short time. He was employed at Imperial Desk in Evansville for several years before opening his own business, Curl's Garage in 1967, where he and his son, Aaron, ran it until July 2012 when his health took a turn for the worse.
He spent the last six months of his life in the Professional Care Nursing Home in Dale.
John loved mechanic work and woodworking. He enjoyed fishing, biscuits and gravy (a morning ritual), very sweet coffee and spending time with family and friends. He had a very wicked sense of humor and his laugh was contagious.
He was preceded in death by his parents and second wife, Dorothy (Kelley) Curl. He was an only child.
He is survived by his daughter, Anita (Denny) Slater of Dale; a son, Aaron (Betty) Curl of Tennyson; 10 grandchildren, Tracy (Jeff) Roush, Bryan (Miranda) Masterson, Mike (April Earl) Frey, LaDonna (Chad) Bell, Carl Miller, Tammy Miller, Bill Miller, Brenda Becht, Rusty (Annie) Slater and Denny Slater Jr.; 18 great-grandchildren, Jason (Laci) McDaniel, Justin McDaniel, Dustin Chase, Samantha Small, Jessica Young, Aaron Marvel, Hallie Becht, Tristian Miller, Amanda and Morgan Roush, Stephanie, Emily and Thomas Masterson, Harley and Dakotah Frey, Hylee Slater, Justin and Austin Earl; several great-great-grandchildren and Shirley Hale, the mother of his children.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Gentryville United Methodist Church with a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Flowers sent should be delivered to the church the day of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made in John's name to the
or the American Cancer Association.
Fuller Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Published in Spencer County Journal-Democrat on Jan. 31, 2013