Verne Curless Dies At Age 82

Verne Curless, 82, former manager of Table Grove Elevator, died at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1989, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

He was manager of the Elevator for 32 years before retiring. He was a member of Fulton County Board of Supervisors, and Supervisor of Farmers Township for 20 years.

Other memberships include Past Patron of Astoria Chapter 144 Order of Eastern Star; a 50-year member of Table Grove Masonic Lodge 939, Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; Mohammed Temple, Shrine; Macomb Elks Lodge 1009 and Table Grove United Church of Christ.

He was born July 19, 1906, in Bluff City, a son of Elmer and Mary Jane Shaw Curless. He married Dorothy Irene Camp in 1928 at Havana. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Larry (Joan) Shawgo of Galesburg; two sons, Dr. Jack Curless of Tinley Park and Jerry Curless of West Palm Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren; and four nieces.

Three sisters and one brother preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m Friday in the Table Grove United Church of Christ with Rev. Bruce Peterson and Rev. Tim Gilliland officiating. Burial will be in Harris Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kost Memorial Home in Vermont.

Memorials may be made to his church, Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children, Table Grove Rescue Squad or Masonic Lodge 939.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/25/1989

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