Daniel C. Curtis

Dr. Daniel C. Curtis

Dr. Daniel C. Curtis passed away February 25, 2014 in Ruskin, Florida. He was born February 5, 1927 in Nappanee, Indiana to the late Aura and Hazel (Stouder) Curtis.

He graduated from Nappanee High School in 1944; attended Ohio State University, New York University, and graduated from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry in May of 1949. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. from 1944 to 1947 and was stationed in Alaska for part of that time. In 2013 he participated in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

On June 18, 1950 he married Violet Ford in Lagrange, Indiana. They moved his optometry office to Kentland, Indiana where he practiced from 1951 to 1998. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, and a member of the town council. He was honored to be placed in the Kentland Hall of Fame.

One of his joys was flying. He was an instrument rated private pilot with 2,700 hours in the air, including flights to Canada, Bahama Islands, Mexico, Maine, and California. He enjoyed boating, water-skiing, golfing, tennis and card games. Since 1978, Violet and Dan enjoyed spending winters at their Ruskin, Fl. Home, watching colorful sunsets over the Little Manatee River.

Survivors are wife Violet, brother Fred (wife Eva), son Daniel Bradley (wife Rita), daughter Colleen (husband Joe Jaracz), daughter Becky (husband Dale Piper), daughter Kim Curtis, and grandchildren Kristen (Jaracz) Steier (husband Brett), Kyle Jaracz (wife Mary), Stacey (Jaracz) Simpson (husband Ben), Keith Piper (wife Jesse), Todd Piper (wife Angie) and 5 great-grandchildren Tabitha, Ben, Caleb, Wyatt and Curtis.

A memorial will be held in Kentland at a future date. In lieu of flowers etc., please make memorial donations to the "Doc Curtis Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 24, Kentland, IN 47951."

Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2014