John Thomas Currie

September 23, 1930June 20, 2013
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John Thomas Currie (1930 - 2013)

John Thomas Currie passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013. He was born September 23, 1930 in Cornell, Wisconsin. John grew up in Cornell, where his first jobs during high school were custodian of a grocery store, painting house and finally as a lumberjack. In younger years he played basketball and volleyball. He took to hunting early in life and continued with skeet shooting for many years.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1949 where he met his loving wife Maria. Both were in the Service for their full four year commitment. His last base was Nellis Air Force in Las Vegas. John found civilian employment at Vincent Air Force Base in Yuma during which time he worked on this Bachelors of Science degree from A.S.U. He substituted in Yuma School District #1. Later he was employed at the Marine Base in Yuma and finally with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. John became a member of American Legion Post #19. Many hours were spent at BBQ's, patriotic functions, conventions and as official designated driver when Maria became American Legion Dept. of Arizona Commander from 1993 to 1994. He will be missed by both family and friends in Yuma all in Wisconsin. Valla con Dios Jack!

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maria; daughter, Chris Houseknecht; sons, Keith Thomas, Glenn Patrick, Matthew David, and Sean Michael. Along with sisters, Grace, Katherine, Virginia and Rosalinda; grandsons, Tony, Nicholas and Jessie. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Violet Currie; brothers, William, Richard, Dale and Robert and sister, Betty Walker; sons, John Brian, Stephen Paul and grandson, Glenn Patrick II.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 27, 2013

John Thomas Currie

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Gordon Shoemake

June 27, 2013

John was my foreman when I went to work on the dredge just below Laguna Dam in January of 1969. I enjoyed working with him for about 3 years, and especially enjoyed the hunting trips to Dateland in his. Motorhome during Dove And Quail season. A great story teller and a good friend.

Rip "Big John"

Luann Carpino

June 24, 2013 sure to look up my mom & dad for me please----tell them we love and miss them. Know that you are missed and loved by many. In your quiet silence, you were a big influence on us kids. Thanks for always letting us kids take over your swimming pool every summer back in the day!---You'll always be a champion in your baby Chrissie's eyes.

June 24, 2013

Remembering you and all the fun we had at the staff parties. Colleen and Neil

grand daughter Christine

June 23, 2013

Grandpa jack You will always be in my thoughts and forever be missed. You always made me feel so welcome in the Currie family RIP Grandpa Jack<3

Chris (Currie) Houseknecht

June 23, 2013

Daddy, hope you are reunited with all your brothers, sisters, sons and grandson. There is a huge delegation there to meet you.!! I love you forever. You were and always will be everything to me. Bob says "I'll see you when I see you". We love and miss you. Always.