WINTER HAVEN - Charles E. Curtiss, M.D., 84, of Winter Haven, Florida, passed away on October 10, 2013 due to Alzheimer's Dementia. The family would like to thank the devoted staff at the Life Care Center of Winter Haven and caregivers Barbara Boucher and Donna Kincaid for their wonderful care and support.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Theodore, his son Matthew, and his former wife and mother of his children, Mary Jo. Dr. Curtiss is survived by his wife of 31 years, Meredith; his children: David and his son Brian, Daniel and his wife Jerry and their children Ben and Charlie, Martha Curtiss Willoughby and her children Meagan, Brooks and Anna and Gina Morris, and her children Mattes and Julia. He is also survived by his brother, Robert and his wife Dorothy; his sister-in-law, Sally; nephews Charles and Robert and nieces Elizabeth, Deedee, Cathy and Caroline.
Charlie, as he was affectionately known, was born to Theodore Paxton and Catherine Burhmeister Curtiss on January 13, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri . He attended undergraduate school at Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri, and obtained his bachelor's degree in 1949. He continued his education at the Washington University School of Medicine and attained his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Degree in 1953. He became a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society while in medical school. He met his first wife and mother of his children, Mary Jo Eugenis, while in school there. He interned at Boston City Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts . He then served in the Air Force as a Captain at Selfridge A.F. B. in Michigan. He completed his Radiology residency at Wayne University Affiliated Hospital, in Detroit, Michigan.
Charles began his medical career in Winter Haven, Florida in 1959 by joining Drs. E. C. Burns and A. J. Spanjers in their practice, EC Burns and Associates, which later became Radiology Consultants. Charlie loved being able to help people by being a physician. One of his favorite quotes was "I love going to work each day." He retired in 1993 after a long and dedicated career.
A lifelong interest of Charles was traveling, making trips to many distant places. Each trip included learning the language, culture and history of each destination. He also loved to fish and during his younger days took several fishing trips a year. He enjoyed playing tennis in North Carolina and golfing in Winter Haven with his dear friends Arnie Spanjers and Roy Lucas. He was an avid reader and especially loved Civil War History. He had the most amazing memory and enjoyed playing games, especially Trivial Pursuit with his grandchildren who could be assured to win when on his team. He loved to cook and had numerous dishes that he perfected and joyously shared with friends and family.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven where he served as a Deacon and a member of the choir for many years. Charles had a magnificent baritone voice and thoroughly enjoyed singing and classical music.
Charles will be remembered for his kind and generous nature, loving spirit, and wonderful sense of humor . His Memorial Service will be at 2pm on Monday October 14th at First Presbyterian Church, 637 6th Street, N.W., Winter Haven, Florida. A reception will be held afterwards at the church. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Winter Haven, Florida. at a later date.
The family asks that any donations in his honor be made to the "Festival Music Series Fund" or "Memorial Music Fund" of First Presbyterian Church, 637 6th Street, N.W., Winter Haven, Florida 33880, "Friends of the Winter Haven Public Library Adult Endowment Fund", The
, or Cornerstone Hospice of Polk County.