VeteranLeo Curless

Leo B. Curless, 86, of Browning died at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at his home.

He was born Feb. 8, 1918, in Bluff City, Schuyler County, a son of Charles and Cora M. Fisher Curless. He married Eva Thompson on April 16, 1938, in Palmyra, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Wayne (and Betty) of Astoria and Paul (and Betty) of Readyville, Tenn.; three daughters, Judy (and Dale) Brennan, Pauline (and Kenny) Ferree and Janie (and Jess) Atterberry, all of Havana; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen Lau of Canton.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Harley, Donald, Dewey, William and Cord; and one sister, Stella Thompson.

A World War II Navy veteran, he served as a fireman first class. He was a lifetime member of Havana Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He worked for Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria. After the war, he worked construction out of Jacksonville Laborers Union and Pekin Laborers Local 231.

Services were held Saturday at Bluff City Community Church with Wayne Curless and Paul Curless officiating. Burial was in Bluff City Cemetery in Browning. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to his church or Graham Hospital Hospice Service.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 3/3/2004

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