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Curtis R. Tang


1919 - 2018
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Curtis R. Tang

Reno - 30 May 1919 - 18 April 2018

Curtis passed peacefully from a stroke on 18 April 2018 in Reno, Nevada. He was a native of Plentywood, Montana and born to Chlaus and Thea Tang. They lived in Williston, North Dakota and later in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Rogers High School in 1937. Varsity letters were earned in baseball, basketball, and tennis along with playing in the band and being a member of the National Honor Society. After high school he was an employee at the Old National Bank and a member at the Central Lutheran Church in Spokane.

During W.W. II, Tang was 1st pilot of a 10 crew B-24 four engine bomber being stationed at Guam and bombing Japan from Okinawa when the war ended. In 1951 he qualified to pilot the B-47, a jet six engine bomber. He retired as a Major and was awarded the Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster.

Having lived in Reno since 1974, he officiated basketball, baseball, and softball at High Schools in northern Nevada for 16 years. He worked basketball in California and Nevada for 33 years.

Being an avid skier, he taught in the junior ski program of Reno and was a ski instructor at the historic Sky Tavern resort. Through the years, he skied at every ski resort west of the Mississippi River.

In tennis he competed in the senior tournaments since 1974 in Reno, northern California, and the northwest. At age 80 he was ranked #6 in 80 singles in the northern California Tennis Association.

His schooling included attending Washington State University and later earning a B. A. degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in business administration. After that, he went on to earn a B. S. degree in business education at the Central Washington State College in Ellensburg, Washington.

In civilian life, Tang was employed by the State of California dept. of highways as a right of way agent. He also traveled the world as a hobby.

Curtis was a member of the Lord of Mercy Lutheran Church in Sparks, the Retired Officer's Assoc., the northern Nevada Official's Assoc., the Reno Tennis Club, the U. S. Tennis Assoc., the northern California Tennis Assoc., the Air Force Assoc., and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Surviving is his son Wesley, and three grandchildren; Tiffany, Sandy, and Davin. Three brothers proceeded him in death; Wesley, Kenneth, and Clayton.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on June 2, 2018
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