Harold E. Curtis, 85, of Route 957, Columbus, Pa., passed away peacefully in his sleep at the home where he was born and raised on Sunday, November 3, 2019.
He was born May 17, 1934, a son of the late Carleton J. and Mildred G. Button Curtis.
Harold was raised and educated in Columbus and graduated from Corry High School in 1952. He then attended Penn State University for one year. Harold was drafted into the U. S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He served from 1957 until his honorable discharge in 1959. When Harold returned home, he worked on the family farm, Elmview Dairy in partnership with his brothers and then as owner. He lived and worked on the family farm his entire life.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Corry and served as a trustee and was also a trustee at Columbus Church of Christ. Harold was a member and former Master of the Grange, a State board member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and a member of the Conservation District. He was head of the State Dairy Committee for PA Farm Bureau, a member of the American Jersey Association and was on the zoning committee for Columbus Township.
Harold was an avid supporter of Corry Wrestling and enjoyed golfing, bowling and shooting pool with Les Utegg. He was also a Pirates, Steelers and Penn State fan. He especially enjoyed his Jack Russell, Buddy.
In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by a son, Mark Curtis; a sister, Nancy King and two brothers, Leslie and David Curtis.
Harold is survived by his wife, Arlene V. “Chubby” Knowles Curtis, whom he married March 5, 1960, in Charleston, W. Va.; a daughter, Anita Johnson and her husband Brad of Waterford, Pa.; two sons, Lee Curtis and his wife Laurie of Columbus, Pa., and Tim Curtis and his wife Maryl of Knox, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Joanne Curtis of Columbus, Pa.; two sisters, C. Annette Goldkette and her husband Aronne of Dublin, Oh., and Amy Pinegar of Happy Valley, Or.; a brother, James Curtis and his wife Geraldine of Stillwater, Ok.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Curtis of Corry, Pa., and Thelma Curtis of Columbus, Pa.; and a brother-in-law, Harvey King of Clymer, N.Y.
He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Jennilea, Leah, Ryan, Stephanie, Stacey, Nick, Sami, Jesse, Ariel, Ty, Parker, Austin and Jason; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm., and attend the funeral service at the First United Methodist Church, 640 Worth St., Corry, Pa., on Wednesday at 11 am. Rev. Jonathan Fehl and Pastor Les Utegg will officiate.
Burial will be in Columbus Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Carpenters for Christ, 921 N. Center St., Corry, PA. 16407, or a charity of one’s choice.
To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.