OBITUARY

Duane Curtis

July 1, 1938July 5, 2019
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Duane “Pops” Curtis, age 81, of Norman, Oklahoma passed July 5, 2019 at 1:15 pm, and at last joined the love of his life, Darlene, in the paradise of Heaven. Duane was peacefully swept up in the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ while one of his favorite songs, “I’ll Fly Away”, was softly playing. Duane was born in an old farm house in Bray, Oklahoma on July 1, 1938 to Miley Lee Curtis and Lovie Belle Morgan. He was a very ornery rascal growing up, and loved to explore using his imagination to create things outdoors for entertainment.

Duane married Beverly Darlene Williams in Guthrie, OK on March 12, 1956. They went on to enjoy 58 years of a wonderful marriage here on this earth until his beloved wife passed in August 2014. Now, Duane and Darlene continue celebrating together in Heaven along with their grandson, Reed.

Duane attended Southeast High School, and graduated in 1957. At some point after high school he also attended the University of Oklahoma majoring in economics, but was forced to direct his time to his work career, in order to provide for his family.

Duane started working to make money at a very early age, and after high school he began working hard to provide for his family. He immediately began working for Wonder Bread, and spent a total of 12 ½ years with most of the time spent in route sales. After this, he moved on to brokerage sales, but there wasn’t much pay involved so he went back to route sales for Frito-Lay. He spent a total of 13 ½ years working in route sales for Frito-Lay. While working for Frito-Lay he also utilized his time off selling real estate for two years as a side job for extra income. He finalized his career as a route manager with Farm Fresh, and finally retired at the age of 62.

Duane really enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His life was spent as a jokester pulling pranks, and creating comedy. Duane always had an extreme amount of devotion for his wife, and his four children. His hobbies included reading, woodworking, helping others, pulling pranks, creating comedy, and spreading smiles. He had a deep passion for birds, and developed a love for the hummingbirds that returned every year to the feeders on the back porch of this home. He also enjoyed his black coffee, and long talks with his wife on the back porch swing. The highlights of his life were God, his wife, and his four children. He also invested much of his time and love into his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Duane never met a stranger along the path of life, and always went above and beyond to share advice, a listening ear, a helping hand, love, a smile, comedy, laughter, and God’s word.

Duane is preceded in death by his father Miley, his mother Lovie, his wife Darlene, and his grandson Reed Curtis.

Duane is survived by his two sisters, Joy Pruett of College Station, TX and Linda Erkman of Hot Springs, AR; his three daughters, Bobbie Ward of Norman, OK, Becky Bendure and husband David of Norman, and Jamie Curtis-Bebout of Norman, OK; one son, Scott Curtis and wife Maria. Survived by eight grandchildren, Michael Trumble of Moore, OK, Michelle Bourne of Norman, OK, Rustin Ward and wife Rachel of Norman, OK, Devin Ward and wife Mercedes of Moore, OK, Beth Franks and husband Randy of Norman, OK, Sarah Camardo and husband Jonathan of Noble, OK, Amy Murnan of Washington, OK, and Meghan Bebout of Norman, OK. Also sixteen great-grandchildren, Taylor Landis and husband Sam of Eugene, OR, PV2 Ryan Trumble of Fort Carson, CO, Sydney, Britton, McCollum, Peyton, Reagan, Preslee, Steelin, Chasin, Reiah, Lincoln, Katie, James, Chloe, and Lillie. Also, two great-great-grandchildren, Cale and Tucker.

Celebration of Life memorial service for Mr. Curtis is scheduled for Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Reverend Dennis Morgan officiating services at The Train Depot, 200 South Jones Ave. Norman, OK 73069.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/norman-ok/duane-curtis-8770163

Services

21 July

Memorial Service

4:00 pm

Train Depot

Room

200 S Jones Ave.
Norman, OK 73069

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Joy Pruett

July 17, 2019

My little brother came along just after the Great Depression had run it’s course. We were very poor, but so were most Americans in 1938. Our dad worked as a sharecropper/tenant farmer. Our fortunes changed when we moved to Oklahoma City when Duane was three years old. He was a favorite if his seven aunts and uncles, a cute, blond baby boy with a sunny disposition...they all called him Sonny! All his life Duane was a friend to everyone who needed a friend. He was a devoted brother and a loyal
and loving husband and father. He has left a legacy of children, grandchildren, family and friends that would rival an inheritance of millions of mere dollars. I love you, brother, and will see you again in God!s Kingdom. I am with you. Joy Curtis Mulvaney Pruett

Linda Curtis Erkman

July 15, 2019

Duane was the best brother a younger sister could ever wish for! He always had a smile & sometimes you didn't know if he was joking with you or not ... he had a wonderful sense of humor.

He literally saved my life! One day when I was just a bratty kid in a public swimming pool, Duane jumped in the pool fully clothed & saved me from drowning. I'll never forget what my big brother did for me that day!!!!
Although I know he is with his beloved wife Darlene and Christ Our Father, Duane will be missed!! I love you big brother.

My thoughts & prayers for his family and everyone his kindness touched

Lynda Lynda

July 5, 2019

You will be forever remembered.
You have made a lasting impression on me.
Love you cousin.

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Biography

Duane “Pops” Curtis, age 81, of Norman, Oklahoma passed July 5, 2019 at 1:15 pm, and at last
joined the love of his life, Darlene, in the paradise of Heaven. Duane was peacefully swept up in
the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ while one of his favorite songs, “I’ll Fly Away”,
was softly playing.
Duane was born in an old farm house in Bray, Oklahoma on July 1, 1938 to Miley Lee Curtis
and Lovie Belle Morgan. He was a very ornery rascal growing up, and loved to explore using his
imagination to create things outdoors for entertainment.

Duane married Beverly Darlene Williams in Guthrie, OK on March 12, 1956. They went on to
enjoy 58 years of a wonderful marriage here on this earth until his beloved wife passed in
August 2014. Now, Duane and Darlene continue celebrating together in Heaven along with
their grandson, Reed.

Duane attended Southeast High School, and graduated in 1957. At some point after high school
he also attended the University of Oklahoma majoring in economics, but was forced to direct his
time to his work career, in order to provide for his family.

Duane started working to make money at a very early age, and after high school he began
working hard to provide for his family. He immediately began working for Wonder Bread, and
spent a total of 12 ½ years with most of the time spent in route sales. After this, he moved on to
brokerage sales, but there wasn’t much pay involved so he went back to route sales for
Frito-Lay. He spent a total of 13 ½ years working in route sales for Frito-Lay. While working for
Frito-Lay he also utilized his time off selling real estate for two years as a side job for extra
income. He finalized his career as a route manager with Farm Fresh, and finally retired at the
age of 62.

Duane really enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His life was spent as a jokester
pulling pranks, and creating comedy. Duane always had an extreme amount of devotion for his
wife, and his four children. His hobbies included reading, woodworking, helping others, pulling
pranks, creating comedy, and spreading smiles. He had a deep passion for birds, and
developed a love for the hummingbirds that returned every year to the feeders on the back
porch of this home. He also enjoyed his black coffee, and long talks with his wife on the back
porch swing. The highlights of his life were God, his wife, and his four children. He also invested
much of his time and love into his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and
great-great-grandchildren. Duane never met a stranger along the path of life, and always went
above and beyond to share advice, a listening ear, a helping hand, love, a smile, comedy,
laughter, and God’s word.

Duane is preceded in death by his father Miley, his mother Lovie, his wife Darlene, and his
grandson Reed Curtis.

Duane is survived by his two sisters, Joy Pruett of College Station, TX and Linda Erkman of Hot
Springs, AR; his three daughters, Bobbie Ward of Norman, OK, Becky Bendure and husband
David of Norman, and Jamie Curtis-Bebout of Norman, OK; one son, Scott Curtis and wife
Maria. Survived by eight grandchildren, Michael Trumble of Moore, OK, Michelle Bourne of
Norman, OK, Rustin Ward and wife Rachel of Norman, OK, Devin Ward and wife Mercedes of
Moore, OK, Beth Franks and husband Randy of Norman, OK, Sarah Camardo and husband
Jonathan of Noble, OK, Amy Murnan of Washington, OK, and Meghan Bebout of Norman, OK.
Also sixteen great-grandchildren, Taylor Landis and husband Sam of Eugene, OR, PV2 Ryan
Trumble of Fort Carson, CO, Sydney, Britton, McCollum, Peyton, Reagan, Preslee, Steelin,
Chasin, Reiah, Lincoln, Katie, James, Chloe, and Lillie. Also, two great-great-grandchildren,
Cale and Tucker.

Celebration of Life memorial service for Mr. Curtis is scheduled for Sunday, July 21, 2019 at
4:00 pm. Reverend Dennis Morgan officiating services at The Train Depot, 200 South Jones Ave. Norman,
OK 73069.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/norman-ok/duane-curtis-8770163