Rushville Republican

Obituaries

April 28, 2014

Dudley Curtis, 90 July 6, 1923 - April 27, 2014

Dudley Curtis, 90, of Rushville, passed away April 27, 2014.

Dudley has gone to join his wife of 66 years Bessie (Lothrop) Curtis who died Oct. 27, 2013. They were married Feb. 6, 1947. He was born in Piqua, Kentucky, July 6, 1923, a son of the late Dewey and Mae (Hinson) Curtis.

Dudley graduated from the former New Richmond (Ohio) High School in 1943. He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of WWII serving in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He and his brother, the late Harold Curtis, began a Taxi service in 1946. Later this became a gas station. While selling gasoline, they began selling television sets. This evolved into what is now Curtis Brothers Furniture and Appliances. He was member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, American Legion, VFW, Masonic Lodge, and MURAT Shrine Temple. He was a Kentucky Colonel. Dudley was a co-founder of the former WRCR radio station. His business supporeted countless community and civic organizations throughout his life.

He is survived by two daughters, Tara (husband Steve) Smiley of Rushville, Lynda (husband Steve) Solimine of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; one son, Larry Kim (wife Ann) Curtis of Rushville; seven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Todd Funeral Centre & Crematory with John Wall officiating. Burial will follow at Rushville’s East Hill Cemetery.

A Masonic service will take place at 1:30 p.m. and Military Honors given at 2 p.m. Friends may call Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church 601 N. Harrison St. Rushville, IN 46173 or the church of their choice.

Online condolences at www.ToddFuneralHome.com

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