|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1922|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 2011|
Henry Curtis, 89, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, in San Angelo. Henry was born in Brady, on March 2, 1922. As a child, he moved to Mertzon with his parents Mary and Henry Curtis and his five sisters - Bonnie, Dulah, Vida Lee, Arma, and Rena.
After graduation from high school in Mertzon in 1939, Henry worked in Dallas in civil service in aeronautics before coming back to West Texas to begin working in seismography and to marry his high school sweetheart, Virginia in 1943.
Henry and Virginia opened Curtis Drilling Company in 1945, working side by side as they traveled West Texas and New Mexico drilling water wells. They made their home in Rankin and Big Lake before building their home in San Angelo on the Robert Lee Highway. Henry and Virginia enjoyed their lives together. They took dancing lessons and danced away the weekends in West Texas. They spent 46 years seeing the world, with Mexico City and Hawaii being favorite destinations. They fell in love with Two Harbors, Minn., and bought a condo there, but Virginia became ill and died in 1989, before they could live in it.
Henry later married Norma Parr, and they enjoyed 19 years of dancing and traveling before her death in 2008. Henry loved his life, even when things did not go his way. For him, adversity was something he moved through. The loss of his loved ones, the loss of his health, and the loss of his home in June 2011, to a fire caused by lightning strike - all of these events led to a deepening of his faith and relationships with the people who stood by him. Even at the end, his life had purpose and rhythm: regular trips to Dallas for his medical treatments with his stepdaughter Kristie; breakfasts with coffee groups at T-Bears and the donut shop; dinners in the evenings with friends at The Wharf; Sunday mornings at First Christian Church; Sunday evenings with his Baptist friends. There were dances of the Terpsichorean Club to go to. There was one last trip to Two Harbors in August and an Alaskan cruise in September.
Henry was a gentle, kind, loving man. He loved people, adventures, the outdoors, and beautiful things. He appreciated all things in his life and took nothing for granted. He would have liked to stay around a little longer - especially for his 90th birthday in March. But he was called home. As his ten-year-old great-grandson Noah said, "There is a guy who is definitely going to heaven."
Henry is survived by his stepdaughters and their husbands: Kristie and her husband, Russell Reed, whose home he shared and brightened after the loss of his own, and Pam and David Wood, of San Angelo. Also he leaves his Godchild and grandson, Bobbie Reed and wife Danica of San Angelo; grandchildren David Wood III and wife Janet, and Wendy Wood; and many great-grandchildren and friends. The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Peter Chang for his Christian, compassionate, loving care - also his special nurses, Bryan, Bobbie, Karen, Martha, Joselyn, Mary, Celeste and Yolanda and many more at Shannon Hospital. Memorials may be made to Meals for the Elderly, West Texas Boys' Ranch, or a charity of choice . A celebration of Henry's life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at First Christian Church. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
Per San Angelo Standard Times of 12/18/2011
Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens
Tom Green County
Created by: Shelby Bozeman
Record added: Dec 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82103714