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.