Walter G. Curtis of Northbrook A memorial service and an interment ceremony for Walter G. Curtis, 86, formerly of Johnson City, Tenn. for 16 years, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Village Presbyterian Church in Northbrook. Born Oct. 17, 1919, in Lisbon, N.D., he died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Mr. Curtis grew up in Fargo, N.D. and Milwaukee. After serving in the Army during World War II, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin and made his career with the Ford Motor Company. Over the course of 33 years, he traveled the world in both public relations and sales capacities. He earned membership in the Circumnavigators Society following a round-the-world expedition in 1957, and remained an active member of that group for the rest of his life. Following his retirement in 1982, Mr. Curtis lived in Johnson City until 2001, when he and his wife, Joyce, relocated to the Chicago area. He became an enthusiastic participant in barbershop singing groups, including the Arlingtones in Arlington Heights and the Afternoon Barbershop Chorus in Oakbrook Terrace. A devoted grandfather, he was a fixture at Little League games, ballet recitals and Northbrook Theatre productions. He also loved traveling, attending concerts and studying history. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; his daughter, Carolyn Gessner and son-in-law, Doug Gessner of Northbrook; his son, Walter G. Curtis III of Burlington, Vt.; his brother, Robert Curtis of Johnson City; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lungevity Foundation, 2421 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.
Published in Daily Herald on Sep. 19, 2006.