In Memory of

Thayne L. Curtis

October 27, 1933 - July 13, 2012
Thayne L. Curtis, the son of Harry and Violet (Hicks) Curtis, was born on October 27, 1933 in Quimby, IA. He attended Immaculate Conception School in Cherokee where he graduated in 1952. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Marine Corps, went to the San Diego Marine Corp Recruit Depot, and was later stationed at the Naval Ammunition Depot in Hawthorne, Nevada where he was in special services. His job duties included clerk typist, projectionist, and was a lifeguard. He was united in marriage to Angie O'Dell. After the military he moved back to Cherokee with his young family and worked for the Illinois Central Railroad building bridges. He worked for Ament Construction for many years then started his own business, Curtis and Willis Construction. He eventually worked for Christensen Brothers before retiring. In his earlier years, Thayne also 'moonlighted' running projectors at the Arrow Theatre, Corral Drive-In, and the American Theatre. Thayne was a very skilled carpenter and one heck of a drywall artisan. He was very proud of the fact that he built his own house, with his home being the second one built in the Ament Addition. Thayne liked gardening and tinkering around the house, but his favorite hobby was fishing. Oh boy, did he love to fish! He could fish in a bathtub and catch his limit! Thayne also enjoyed the company of his children and grandchildren, and just people in general. He was a social butterfly! He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edith Mae 'Angie' O'Dell; one brother, David Curtis; and one sister, Delores Tallman. He is survived by his children: Thayne J. Curtis, Patrice Martin (Robin), and April Wallace (Lee) all of Cherokee; grandchildren: Katy Martin (Ed Hickey) of San Francisco, CA, Leah Martin of Brooklyn, NY, Hannah Martin and Nolan Martin both of Cherokee, Sean Curtis (Cindy) of Alabama, Shane Curtis and Zoe Meadows both of Cherokee, Devynne Reis, Bronsan Reis, and Alekzander Wallace all of Cherokee, and Devin Wallace, and Brendon Wallace both of Washta, IA; three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Richard and Harlan (Trish) Curtis of Cherokee, Dean Curtis of Correctionville, Harry (Nancy) Curtis of Missouri, and Diane Dicks of Gassville, AK.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. Military services will be conducted by the V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of Cherokee.
Pastor Magrey deVega
Family will greet friends 20 minutes prior to the service at the cemetery.
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, IA. A Celebration of Life gathering for family and friends will be held at Thayne's residence (525 S. Craig Dr., Cherokee) following the service at the cemetery.


Monday, August 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Thayne, Patrice, April and families,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“To Thyane's Family,
Our deepest sympathies to all of you with the loss of your dad.
Dan and your dad worked together for a good many years and always remained close even through the toughest times.
He was a true craftsman who taught many how to be the best at what they could learn and do.
We enjoyed our many talks and visits with Thayne.
Our deepest sympathies to you all and may he finally be at peace and free of pain!”
- Dan and Charlotte Schueder
Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Thayne was a good neighbor and friend. Virtually every day he would wave at me when I was leaving for work or between jobs. My day never seemed right without this exchange and it will be a long time before I can drive by his house and not be sad that he is not there with his greetings. I also enjoyed our chats in his driveway, solving the world's problems. He was so supportive and showed true interest in all his neighbors and friends. His house was a mini social gathering place for so many people and we will all miss him. My deep sympathy to his family at their loss.”
- Sandy Gustafson
Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jiggs..thinking of you. Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. ”
- Buck and Lynn Blankenbaker
Monday, July 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Thayne was one of my favorite uncles. I remember as a little girl being at their house hanging out (mostly with Angie and her makeup) but mainly hanging out. I have not seen him in years but will remember him as I last saw him. My condolences to his children and grandchildren. He will be missed. I still miss my mom (Delores) and she has been gone many years. My love to all his family.”
- Vickie L. Mayo
Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. We are so sorry for your loss. We have tried to reach the family. Please contact JoAnna (parents John and Marie O'Dell) ”
- JoAnna O'Dell Krauskopf
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