Dewey Curless Dies On Birthday

Dewey Curless, 904 E. Republic St., Peoria, retired painter for the Standard Oil Co., was dead on arrival at St. Francis Hospital at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, his 64th birthday.

A resident of Peoria since 1922, he had lived at the present address for 10 years. He had been employed by the Standard Oil Co. for 35 years prior to retiring March 1, 1962. Born at Bluff City Aug. 14, 1901, he was a son of Charles and Cora Fisher Curless, and first married Josephine Schafer, who died in Peoria in 1938. He married Darlene D. Cleemeyer on Nov. 6, 1955.

Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Vernal (Corrine) Graham and Mrs. Edwin (Dorothy) Clanin, both of Peoria, Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Downing of South Rome and Mrs. Delbert (Charlotte) Burke of Dallas, Tex.; two sons, Charles Curless of Studio City, Calif., and Roger Curless of Peoria; five brothers, Leo, Donald and Harley Curless, all of Bluff City, and Cord and William Curless, both of Havana; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Thompson, also of Havana, and Mrs. Helen Lau of Canton, and 17 grandchildren. A son, Jack, and a brother, Roy, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at Wilton Mortuary. Rev. Merrill Hershberger of Glen Oak Christian Church officiated and burial was in Parkview Cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 8/18/1965


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