COLLEGE PLACE -- Milton Paul Curtis, 91, of 550 E. Whitman Drive, formerly of Milton-Freewater, died Oct. 15, 2009, at his home.
Visitation will be 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Monday at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862. The graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery, 54700 Milton Cemetery Road, with the Rev. Quinton Kimbrow of the Wesley United Methodist Church officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross in care of the funeral home.
Mr. Curtis was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Hubbell, Neb., to Claude Milton and Jennie May Davidson Curtis. He graduated from Hebron (Neb.) High School in 1936 and moved to Milton-Freewater in 1937. He met Ruby Elizabeth Sheehan at a picnic at Harris Park and the couple married on March 10, 1939, in Walla Walla.
They lived for a time in Weston and on Weston Mountain before settling in Richland in 1943 where he worked for several contractors at the Hanford Complex as a supervisor of transportation. They lived in Benton City, Wash., in the 1950s and in Kennewick in the 1960s. He retired in 1981 and in 1986. The couple moved to the Walla Walla area and later settled in College Place in 2008.
Mr. Curtis was a charter and lifetime member of the Benton City Masonic Lodge No. 277 F. & A.M. since 1948 and a lifetime member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Kennewick. He enjoyed playing pinochle, listening to country music, bowling and traveling in their motor home.
He is survived by a daughter, Carmen Elizabeth Curtis of Kennewick; a son, Paul Curtis of Pendleton; six grandchildren; two step-grandsons and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a brother, Melvin "Duke" Curtis; and four sisters, Marie Kenneday, Mary Ann Matthews, Marcelle Antram and Irene Wakeman.