Harley Curless, 70, Lifetime Resident Dies Early Friday

Harley Curless, 70, died early Friday morning in the St. Francis Hospital in Macomb, following a lengthy illness.

An Astoria resident most of his life, he was born near Bluff City on Dec. 22, 1889, a son of Edward and Norma Mae (Fisher) Curless. In August, 1915, he was married in St. Louis to Josie Horton, who survives.

Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Susan Heflin of Astoria, three sons, Thomas E. and Joseph of Astoria, and Richard of Berlin, Wis.; ten grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Mae Hamm of Bluff City; and two brothers, Hart of Rushville and Hugh of Astoria. A sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Christian church with the Rev. Lee Carter Maynard officiating.

Mrs. Richard Hoopes was the organist. Pallbearers were Willis France, Thomas Tregellas, Willis Danner, Ghlee Clark, Myron Shaw and Floyd Dean.

The large attendance and many floral offerings were a tribute to the memory of Mr. Curless.


[Laura's note: His father's name was actually Edmond, not Edward.]

Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 3/30/1960


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