Jesse Walter Curry
Jesse Walter Curry was born on March 9, 1919, in Mansfield, Texas and passed away on March 11, 2013 in Harlingen, Texas.
Jesse was from a family of 6 children, 4 brothers and 2 sisters, only one brother, Joe, remains. The family moved from Mansfield, Texas to Goodwater, Oklahoma, 1923 and then from Goodwater to Oklahoma City in 1927. He attended Public Schooling in Oklahoma City and attended College at Oklahoma City University. Jess was employed at Tinker Air Force Base when it started in 1942. He completed 30 years of Government Service with the US Air Force and retired from that service in 1972 and moved to Idabel, Oklahoma. He moved from Idabel to the Little River Country Club, Horatio, Arkansas in 1979.
He is a veteran of two wars - Spent three years of service in the Air Force during World War II and two years in the Korean Conflict of which 18 months was overseas duty.
Jess is an active member of Lodge 1889 of the Benevolent and Productive Order of Elks located at Harlingen, Texas and a member VFW San Benito, Texas and a member of the Baptist Church. Jess enjoyed golfing and all types of dancing he was an active member of several Square Dancing Clubs in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas.
Shortly after retirement, the winter of 1973 and 1974, Jess and Lou visited the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas. They loved it so well they continued to visit the Rio Grand Valley each winter thereafter. They purchased a home in Harlingen in 1979 which let them spend more time in southern Texas and at least 6 month at the Little River Country Club in southern Arkansas. He experienced a great life and he enjoyed his years to its fullest.
Lou, Jess's wife, passed away February 27, 2008, after 54 years together. This was a great loss but time seems to lessen one's loss. He played in a golf tournament with Betty Long, a neighbor, in July 2008 and after that they become close friends and companions. Betty had lost her husband several years before. The following years become great years for Jess. He and Betty golfed and worked out most every day and danced 2 to 3 times a week. They planned and went on cruises at least once a year along with vacations mostly in the Hill Country of Texas. Yes, these last years with Betty were wonderful fun years, to say the least. She was a great companion during these years and was loved by his family.
One can only measure his success in life by what he has accomplished and what his life effort leaves for future generations. On this score, Jess leaves a high mark. He led a very productive and satisfying life both in his employment years and the many years of his retirement. He leaves three extremely intelligent and successful children that have led very meaningful lives. Each has contributed great strides in their employment and technical fields. They in turn have seven healthy, intelligent children to carry on where they leave off. He has 11 great-grandchildren.
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Published by Valley Morning Star on Mar. 13, 2013.