John Morton Curphey
1927 - 2019
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John Morton Curphey

John Morton Curphey, 92, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Miramar Beach, FL near his residence at Somerby Assisted Living. He lived at Somerby since 2016 with his wife of 66 years, Patricia Rairdon Curphey, before her death in 2017.

The son of Adelyn Byrd Johnston and William Morton Curphey, John was born June 8, 1927 in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Columbus East High School where he was captain of the men's basketball team. He graduated from East as a 16-year-old, then went on to play basketball at the University of Kentucky his freshmen year. He then enlisted in the Army in World War II, and attended Officers Candidate School before being deployed to the Philippines where he served as an Army Infantry officer.

After his service in WWII, he attended The Ohio State University on the GI bill. At Ohio State, he was a member and officer of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and met his future wife, Patricia Rairdon. John went on to law school at Ohio State. He was called to duty while in law school, where he served on the front lines as a platoon leader in Korea from 1951 to 1952. He was decorated with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

His legal career started at the law firm Williams, Eversman & and Black, in Toledo Ohio, the predecessor firm to Robison, Curphey & O'Connell where he practiced until he retired in 1999. John relished hard work, trying cases and mentoring lawyers. He loved the practice of law, and was respected by his colleagues for sound judgment, command of the courtroom, and dedication to clients. His law partners were his closest of friends. He received many accolades during his career, including the induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

John and Pat were the parents of five children, William (deceased), John (Barbara), Jane (Bob), Jim (Gini) and Susan; seven grandchildren, Ruth Curphey Anderson (Adam), Addie Curphey Zwier (Michael), Mary Curphey Mills (Andy), Doug Curphey (Gabi), Will Vogelgesang, John Vogelgesang, and Gena Johnson and five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Ella, Maggie, Claire and Luke. He is also survived by his dear friend and companion, DeLene Sholes, also a resident of Somerby and fellow church member.

John and Pat enjoyed 66 years of loving marriage. They raised their five children in Old Orchard (Toledo) where they lived happily until John's retirement when they relocated to the Florida Panhandle. While in Toledo, John served on many boards, including a 35-year stint on the Riverside Hospital Board of Trustees – the longest standing board member in the hospital's history. He also served as a chairman of the Northcoast Affiliates Board of Directors and secretary of the Northcoast Health Systems Board of Directors. John and Pat were active members and leaders at Collingwood Presbyterian Church.

Known for his charm, wisdom, integrity, wit, good listening and engaging storytelling, John was admired by many. Throughout his life, he was an avid reader with an earnest desire to continue to learn. In his retirement, he was a devoted attendee of the men's Bible study group at Point Washington United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach.

Affectionately nicknamed, "Bub," he was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved to spend time with family at the vacation home he and Pat built in Seaside, FL in 1990. Family members deeply cherish nearly 30 years of fun memories at Seaside with their parents, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, along with many friends.

There will be a memorial service at Point Washington United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach on County HWY 395 at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, with a luncheon following. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the building fund at Point Washington United Methodist Church.


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Published in The Blade from Jul. 7 to Jul. 8, 2019.
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July 27, 2019
John and Pat were our neighbors in Old Orchard, Toledo, Oh. We could not have asked for better friends and neighbors. We have so many fond memories, we remember John's smile, sense of humor, and caring nature. Our thoughts and prayers to his wonderful family.
George and Sue Kertz
July 15, 2019
Sincere condolences and sympathy to the Curphey family. May John rest in peace.May God be with the family during this time of great sorrow. Commendations on your distinguished and heroic wartime service.
Lt. Col. Michael H. Sarra, USA (ret.)
July 11, 2019
Will never forget John and Pat Curphey....two of my most favorite homeowners here in Seaside. My condolences to the Curphey family.
Debbie Rudolph
July 9, 2019
DeLene Sholes
July 9, 2019
Grateful that John let me share the last months of his life. I will always remember him as a great man.
DeLene Sholes
July 9, 2019
Grateful that John let me share the last months of his life with him. I will always remember him as a truly great man.
DeLene Sholes
July 8, 2019
Jim-I was sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family
Dan Macdonald
July 7, 2019
I got to know John at Somerby over the past year. He was witty and kind and always made me smile. I am grateful to have known him. He will be missed by all of us here. Sending love and prayers to all of his family and friends.
Whitney Quin
July 7, 2019
Betty Stafford
July 7, 2019
To all the Curphey kids - I have fond but distant memories of your mother and father. Mostly, I remember their smiles, their neighborliness, and the way they welcomed us into your home as we grew up in our tight knit little area of Old Orchard. May your dad and your mom Rest In Peace.
Mary Kennedy
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