George Burton Curtis, 87, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sun City, Ariz., following a lingering illness.
He was born March 28, 1926, in Houston, son of Earl and Georgia Curtis. He and Arlis Smith Rossiter were married Feb. 1, 1986.
He received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of 12 while attending the Ozark Baptist Church.
He graduated from Houston High School in 1943 and went on to attend the University of Missouri at Columbia. 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 preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Earl Jr. and Charles.
Survivors include his wife, Arlis; a stepson, Thayne; three grandchildren; three siblings, Joy Conrad, Franklin Curtis and Mary Ann Wylie; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be in North Platte, Neb., with burial March 14 in Ft. McPherson National Cemetery.