Wilmer Ray Curson

June 7, 1925December 23, 2020

Wilmer Ray Curson died on December 23, 2020.

He was born on June 7, 1925 in Brown City, Michigan to Olive Krampien and Edmund John Curson. Wilmer was the youngest of 4 children, which earned him the nickname “Babe.” During most of his adult life Wilmer went by his middle name Ray.

He was married to his wife of over 62 years, Vivian Bee Curson (née Grafton) on August 29, 1953 in Flint, Michigan. She preceded him in death on March 29, 2016.

Ray enjoyed growing up with his 3 brothers Kenneth, Delford, and Lester, and his cousin Elaine Smith (née Krampien). His brothers all preceded him in death. Ray attended Brown City High School where he played on the varsity basketball team and graduated in June 1943.

After graduating from Brown City High School he immediately enlisted in the United States Navy. He served during World War II as an Aviation Ordnanceman Turret Specialist 2nd Class. His initial entry training was conducted at the Farragut Naval Training Station located in Farragut, Idaho. He went on to attend the Naval Aircraft Turret Maintenance Course at the Naval Training School Norman located at Norman, Oklahoma, then the Naval School for Aircraft Maintenance at the Naval Training School Jacksonville, located at Jacksonville, Florida. He served with Headquarters Squadron, Flight Air Wing 16 (HEDRON FAW 16) at the US Naval Airfield Natal, located in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil during the last year of the war. His final assignment was at the Naval Training and Distribution Center located on Treasure Island near San Francisco, California before being honorably discharged at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Illinois in April 1946.

After World War II Ray attended Flint Junior College where he majored in accounting and met his future bride Vivian Grafton. Together they raised their family in a new house on Risedorph Ave. in Flint, Michigan, where they lived for over 60 years. He retired from the Buick Motor Division of General Motors Corporation in Flint, Michigan in 1980 after serving over 25 years in the telecontrol office at Factory 20; the Foundry of the former Buick City complex.

He is survived by three grown children: Elizabeth Dawn Price (née Curson) living in Boca Raton, Florida and her husband Curtis Price. Brian Ray Curson, living in Detroit, Michigan and his wife Pamela Curson (née Sterling). Diana Lynne Curson, living in South Lyon, Michigan and her husband retired Army Brig. Gen. Mark A. Montjar. He is also survived by one granddaughter Angela Sterling, and one great granddaughter Breja’ Sterling.

Wilmer Ray Curson received funeral honors and was interred at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are appreciated to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.


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Tomilea Harding

January 5, 2021

I remember Uncle Ray as a charming, intelligent, kind man. We always looked forward to Uncle Ray and Aunt Vivian coming to visit with my fun cousins Elizabeth, Diana and Brian. There was always a lot of laughs and love shared. Your mom was so pretty and they made a striking couple who were obviously very much in love with each other.

We have much to be grateful for men like Uncle Ray who served our country then came home to work hard to build a home and a future for his children. May your memories bring you a smile and the knowledge that you will see your mom and dad again in heaven bring you peace.

Love Tomilea