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John Charles Curtis, 70, of Independence, MO, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, surrounded by family at Saint Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, MO, after a battle with cancer.
John Curtis was born on February 8, 1949, to Catherine J.A. and Clarence I. Curtis in Independence, MO. After graduating from William Chrisman High School in 1967, he received his B.S. in recreational therapy from Southwest Missouri State University in 1974 and M.A. in health services management from Webster University in 1984.
He married his loving wife, Beverly Villwok Curtis, in 1988. John was always active and lived life to the fullest. He loved coaching and watching his children, granddaughter, nephews and niece play sports. He could be found watching Royals baseball, Chiefs football and KU basketball from the stands or his favorite recliner in the living room. John had an appreciation for good food, wine and whiskey. He could always be found enjoying these with friends and family while telling stories and sharing jokes. Feeding fishes at the marina and the birds in his yard with his granddaughter brought John happiness. He wanted to always make sure those around him were included and cared for. He was always there to help those in need. He was one of the proud founding fathers of Sigma Chi fraternity at Southwest Missouri State. He enjoyed fishing trips, poker games and planning get-togethers with his lifelong brothers.
John retired from Jackson County Parks and Recreation as a recreational therapist where he worked with people with disabilities. Also, he was a much-loved server at Starker’s Restaurant and Pierpont’s in Kansas City and an umpire for several decades. He served as the commissioner for the Kiwanis Baseball League, he was a Scout leader for Boy Scouts of America Heart of America Council, and was an active volunteer with Special Olympics.
He is survived by his wife Beverly Villwok Curtis, his daughter Whitney Curtis and husband Jeffrey Roberson of St. Louis, MO; son Ethan Curtis of Columbia, MO; daughter Meghan Curtis and partner Justin Maxwell of Kearney, MO, granddaughters, Elizabeth and Emersyn; sister, Jane Morman of Blue Springs, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Catherine and Clarence Curtis.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Ophelia’s Restaurant, 201 N Main St, Independence, MO 64050. Visitation will be held at 1 pm and a service will begin at 1:30 pm, with a reception to follow. Cremation has taken place.
In place of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his name to Special Olympics Missouri.