George Burton Curtis, 87, went to be with the Lord early morning Feb. 20, 2014, in Sun City, Ariz., following a lingering illness.
He was born in Houston, Mo., on March 28, 1926, to Earl and Georgia Curtis, the third of six children. He received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of 12 while attending the Ozark Baptist Church.
George graduated from Houston High School in 1943 and went on to attend the University of Missouri at Columbia. Mo. His college years were interrupted by a two years of service to the country in the Navy Air Corps during World War II. After discharge from the Navy he returned to college where he majored in Agronomy, and graduated in 1950 with a degree.
His career was as a fertilizer salesman, first in Illinois, taking a leave for several years to ranch in Nebraska with his sister and brother-in-law, Joy and Ed Norman.
He went back to fertilizer sales in the 1960s in Iowa and Minnesota, with two different companies, and retired fully at 65 in 1992. He was offered several promotions, but preferred the one-to-one sale over an office job with paperwork.
On Feb. 1, 1986, he married Arlis Smith Rossiter and immediately gained a family of one stepson, Thayne, and now has a daughter-in-law, Jolene, and three grandchildren, Brienna, Melody and Christopher, all surviving. Also surviving are siblings, Joy and Lowell Conrad, Franklin and Norma Curtis, Mary Ann and Klenn Wylie, plus many nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Earl Jr. and Charles, have preceded him in death, also one nephew, James Burton Curtis.
Services will be in North Platte, Neb., with interment at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery on March 14.