CHAMPAIGN – G. Wayne Curtis, 82, of Champaign died Wednesday (Nov. 13, 2013) at the Champaign County Nursing Home, ending his courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West in Savoy.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Morgan Memorial Home with the Rev. Tom Corum officiating. Masonic rites will be accorded. Burial will immediately follow in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.
Wayne was born Aug. 23, 1931, in Champaign, the son of John Wesley and Jessie Curtis. He married Martha Pearl Monical of Tolono on June 15, 1958, in Champaign. She survives.
Survivors also include his two children, Diane Agans of Madison, Wis., and Wesley (Laura) Curtis of Champaign; his five grandchildren, Thomas Curtis, Rachel Curtis, Sarah Curtis, Kathryn Agans and Adam Agans; his brother, J. Richard Curtis; his sister-in-law, Joanne Curtis; and numerous other relations throughout Champaign County.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Elizabeth Ruth Curtis; and his brother, John Wesley Curtis.
Wayne grew up on a farm west of Champaign that had been settled by his grandfather, George Francis Curtis, after the Civil War. He graduated in 1949 from Champaign High School, where he lettered in wrestling.
Wayne served in the U.S. Navy's Amphibious Forces from 1951-1954 during the Korean War, traveling throughout Japan, Korea, Indochina (Vietnam), the Philippines and Alaska.
Wayne later graduated from the University of Illinois in 1958 with a B.S. in Agronomy before beginning his 40-year career as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Wayne held a deep feeling of stewardship for farmland throughout his life and was attentive to best farming practices as well as the needs of farming neighbors and friends.
He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Champaign and belonged to the Western Star Lodge No. 240 after having been raised to the degree of Master Mason in 1953. Wayne was also a life member in the Valley of Danville, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite (32nd degree).
Wayne loved being outdoors and was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, trap and skeet shooting, raising hunting dogs and quail, and serving in leadership positions with the Sadorus Sportsman Club. He tended his lawn and tomatoes with great care, always taking time to enjoy a beautiful sunset and feed the natural wildlife. Perhaps the only hobby that could draw him indoors was working on the family's genealogy.
He will be greatly missed.
Wayne's family wishes to thank the exceptional staff of the Champaign County Nursing Home and Harbor Light Hospice for their quality care and compassion which sustained us all during the last years and days of his life.
Memorials may be made in Wayne's honor to the First United Methodist Church of Champaign, the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation or the Champaign County Nursing Home Auxiliary.