OLEAN - Charles Curley died peacefully at his home on Third Avenue in Olean on Monday (March 14, 2016).
Known as Curley, Chuck and Charlie by so many people in the greater Olean area, he was a twice-wounded Korean veteran and a pillar of his community. As an elementary physical education teacher, beloved coach for wrestling, baseball and football teams for Allegany Central School District and prominent local leader, he provided leadership and inspiration for everyone he touched. He was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps Association and adjutant of the Purple Heart Association in Buffalo.
Charles was born in Blair, Neb., to Elvena and Clifton Curley on Nov. 27, 1931. He graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale, Calif., and went on to earn a BA from Pepperdine University in 1959 and an MA from St. Bonaventure University in 1963, both while working full time. After graduation, he worked as the physical director at the Olean YMCA from 1960 until 1966, prior to starting his career at Allegany Central Schools, where he retired in 1990.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janice (Green); his brother, Bernard Curley of Bremerton, Wash.; his daughters, Linda Daniels of Greensboro, N.C., and Paula (Jeffery) Foerster of Bayville, N.J.; two grandchildren, Megan Neese and Ava Foerster; five great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Douglas Green of Endicott; and many friends and other family members.
Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday (March 19, 2016) at Bethany Lutheran Church on 6 Leo Moss Drive in Olean, followed by a memorial service at the church. The Rev. Marie A. Meeks, pastor, will officiate. A full military service will be accorded by the Allegany American Legion, Charles Harbel Post No. 892 at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Bethany Lutheran Church Work and Maintenance Fund, 6 Leo Moss Drive, Olean, NY 14760. Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.
Semper Fi Chuck.