Harry Curtis Obituary
 
In Memory of

Harry M. Curtis

July 27, 1935 - July 15, 2014
Obituary

H. Michael Curtis, 78, of Sarasota, FL died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He was born July 27, 1935 in Pekin, IL to Mount and Mary Ann Curtis of Delavan, IL. A typical farm kid until his life was interrupted by polio at age 15, Mike regained his independence with determination and hard work. He graduated from Delavan High School and Bradley University, and earned an MBA at Wayne State University. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joanne Shurts Curtis, his daughter Sarah Curtis (Charlie Schlenker) of Normal, IL, and his son Michael Curtis, Jr. of Chicago. Grandsons Benjamin Johnson and Ethan Schlenker also...

H. Michael Curtis, 78, of Sarasota, FL died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He was born July 27, 1935 in Pekin, IL to Mount and Mary Ann Curtis of Delavan, IL.



A typical farm kid until his life was interrupted by polio at age 15, Mike regained his independence with determination and hard work. He graduated from Delavan High School and Bradley University, and earned an MBA at Wayne State University. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joanne Shurts Curtis, his daughter Sarah Curtis (Charlie Schlenker) of Normal, IL, and his son Michael Curtis, Jr. of Chicago. Grandsons Benjamin Johnson and Ethan Schlenker also survive. His parents and a brother, John Curtis, preceded him in death.



Mike’s career in financial management took the family from Illinois to Michigan and Tennessee, before they settled in Barrington, IL. He later owned a recruiting firm in Oak Brook, IL until he retired. He enjoyed pleasure and competitive sailing while living in Michigan. Later, he enthusiastically served the Barrington Area Library as trustee and treasurer.



Lured by warm winters, Mike and Joanne divided their time after retirement between the family farm near Delavan and Sarasota until becoming permanent Florida residents. He was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. The effects of polio he had overcome for most of his life returned in his last years, limiting his mobility. He was sharp and maintained his dry wit to the end.



A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota on Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m. Private graveside services will be held in Delavan at a later date.



Memorials may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee or to a charity of the donor’s choice.







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