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John Richard Curry

CURRY, John Richard ("Dick") John Richard ("Dick") Curry born in Ida Grove, IA, June 16, 1924, died in Mission Hills, CA, Dec. 6, 2007. Survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances Chloe, his brother, Dr. James E. Curry (Jean), his sister Patricia, six of his seven children: (predeceased by his daughter Martha in 1987), Marina (Brian), Peggy (Steve), John (Carol Torres), Melanie (Al), Moira (Brendan) and Damien (Amy), his fourteen grandchildren: Geoff, Louis, Brian, Stephen, Meghan, Molly, Erin, Sam, John Vincent, Bridget, Spencer, Marta, Rowan and Aidan, his brothers-in-law Terry Gowen (Audrey), Rick Gowen (Rosie), sisters-in-law Marianne Gowen, Mary Jo Roecker (Dick), Marjorie Grey (Tom), Patty Gowen, Cathy Jorgenson, Janie O'Connor (Bill), many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and many friends. Dick was raised in Ida Grove and Sioux City, IA, the fourth child of Dr. Paul J. Curry and Rhoda M. Curry. Not only was he a running back on the football team, but he also earned All-State honors in the mile for East High School in Sioux City. The day after graduating from high school in 1943, Dick was sent to Farragut, Idaho for basic training with the U.S. Navy. Graduating top of his class, he attended radio school in Indianapolis, and was then assigned to an LCI as a radioman. His ship was one of many in the large invasion fleets off the coast of the Philippines and Okinawa in 1944-45. "War is hell," Dick often said. After the war, Dick worked for the U.S. Post Office in Santa Monica, CA. He met Frances Chloe at the Damien Club at St. Monica's Parish, where they were married in August, 1948. He received his Bachelor's degree in history from Loyola University (Golden Lion, Class of '53), and continued his education at San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN), receiving his Masters in Education in 1960. Dick's career for the Los Angeles Unified School District spanned thirty-seven years teaching special needs students at Lowman School, Lokrantz School, and at Miller High School. Dick was a founding member of St. John Baptist De La Salle Parish in Granada Hills, California, where he served many years as President of the Men's Club. He was a dedicated family man, a proud member of the East High School Alumni Association of Sioux City, Iowa, a reader of the classics, an inveterate traveler, a chronic punster, and a certified curmudgeon. Funeral services will be held on December 13, 11 a.m., at St. John Baptist De La Salle Church in Granada Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Loyola Marymount University, Office of Development, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90045.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2007
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