|Birth: ||May 16, 1928|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 2008|
Andrew Jay Curtis passed away at Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, WA after a long battle with Cancer. He resided at 2203 Northeast Brookview Drive in Vancouver, Washington at the time of his death.
Andy was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. His father (Vasillios Kourinakis) was born in Crete (Greece) and changed his name to William Kouris and later to Curtis. His mother, Ilse Wesche Curtis was born in Germany. His sister Hellen Nypower lives in West Jordan, UT. Andy attended Horace Mann Jr. where he was a Concert Master Violinist, and West High in Salt Lake, graduating in 1945 as a Company C Commander in the ROTC. As a young man he worked at Airport #2 to pay for flying lessons - being one of only 300 pilots to have soloed by age 16 in the US. He also delivered milk with his brother and father in their dairy business, but came to love the shoe business where he spent 50 years. He owned and operated stores in Ames, IA, Idaho Falls, ID and finally Portland, Oregon. He earned many awards as the best wholesale employee from Acme Boot and International Shoe Co., and annually donated hundreds of pairs of shoes to needy students identified by local teachers. Andy was an amateur magician, a tournament card player (Bridge and poker) and owned Greyhound racing dogs including "Silvia Banning" who won races on many tracks across the US. He enjoyed lake and ocean boating (boating to Vancouver Isle many times), travel cruises, Las Vegas and fishing. He was also an avid flyer of radio-controlled airplanes. Andy married his childhood sweetheart Ina Joyce Sprouse in 1946 for 20 years. They had four sons Bill Curtis and Pam of Colorado Springs, CO, Gary Curtis and Nedra of Richfield, UT, Bob Curtis and Robyn of South Jordan, UT, and George Curtis and Wendy of Salt Lake City, UT. He married Joann O'Brien who worked with him at his Portland shoe store and is a big part of its success.
Joann has two children from a former marriage. Bob (Karen) Templeton and Brenda (Jim) Sharmin. Survivors include his sister, Hellen Nypower and family of West Jordan, UT, Aunt Mary Dillon and family of Salt Lake, and 54 grand and great-grandchildren. His brother George and grandson David Curtis preceded him in death. Andy loved life and lived it fully. He loved his calling as the LDS High-Priest Secretary in the Vancouver 1st Ward, his Greek and German heritage, and making those around him laugh. He will be greatly missed, by all that were fortunate to know and love him.
Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 12 noon on October 9, 2008 at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South.
Published in the Deseret News on 10/8/2008.
William G Curtis (1896 - 1945)
Ilse Ericka Ellen Wesche Curtis (1905 - 1966)
Ina Joyce Sprouse Curtis (1929 - 2012)*
Hellen Curtis Nypower (1923 - 2014)*
George William Curtis (1924 - 2005)*
Andrew Jay "Andy" Curtis (1928 - 2008)
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Oct 08, 2008
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