Ronald Leo Curnes

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ronald Leo Curnes, 80, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Mr. Curnes died Monday, June 10, 2013, at his home.

He was born July 31, 1932, in Osceola, Iowa, to John Edward and Ora Marie Arnett Curnes. He was the youngest of 8 children. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Campus in 1957. Mr. Curnes has lived in Lawrence for the past 25 years.

Mr. Curnes served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and worked as a manufacturing engineer for Ottawa Truck Company. He retired in 2003 after 25 years of service. Mr. Curnes was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening, working on cars, and playing pinochle. He was also a gifted carpenter and could fix just about anything.

He married Dorothy Ann Wehner August 13, 1955, celebrating 57 years together. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include sons, William Curnes and wife Denise of Lawrence, Kenneth Curnes and wife Debbie of Lenexa, Phillip Curnes and wife Julie of Lenexa, Christopher Curnes and wife Anna of Torrance, California; daughters, Janice Curnes and husband Mark Tollefsrud of Milwaukee, WI, Susan Weissbeck and husband Jim of Leawood, Ellen Curnes of Richardson, TX, Nancy Morrison and husband Gary of Lenexa, Barbara Ginzburg and husband Ezra of Topeka; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 7 siblings.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by a visitation with the family from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Carolyn Vander Velde...

Aunt Dorothy our Deepest Sympathy on the loss of Uncle Ron he will be greatly missed.

From Janis Collins...

I was sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I worked with him at Ottawa Truck for many years. Condolences to all his family

From Bruce Perry...

Our deepest sympathies for you and your family. I had the pleasure of meeting Ron at several family gatherings and he was always gracious, warm hearted, a had a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

Bruce, Sarah and Hank

From Jalen O’Neil Lowry...

Dear Barb,

I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Jalen O’Neil Lowry

From Patrick J Weissbeck...

Dorthy:Very sorry to here about Ron.With Deepest Sympathy, may God bless you and your Family.

Pat & Carna Weissbeck

From Michael Wehner...

Please accept my deepest sympathies. Uncle Ron was a big influence on me during many visits to Lawrence while I was stationed in Wichita. He always made me feel welcome and was easy to talk to. He never pushed advise on me, but through our conversations I got what he was telling me. His commitment to familiy was apparent in his marriage of 57 years. Celebrations at the Curnes were always well attended by any family member that was within 100 miles or so. Usually, quite a crowd… May God bless and keep both he and his family.

From Amber Almanza-Wade...

Dearest Curnes Family,

My dearest sympathies to you all.

Ron, and every one of you were such an important and vital part of my growth.

I wish you peace and love in this great moment of loss.

Amber Almanza-Wade

From Carole Wehner...

I’m lucky that I got to see him at Easter with most of your family. Sad to see him go.
I’m sure Lottie, Al, Dick, Joe and others are with him now. Peace to you and your family. Carole

From Gloria Wehner...

Dorothy & Family, Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Husband and Father. gloria wehner

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