George L. Curry
George L. Curry
June 20th, 1925 — December 22nd, 2011
George L. Curry, age 86, died on December 22, 2011 at Villa St. Francis Nursing Home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. The family wants to express special thanks to his caregivers there, making his last months so comfortable and peaceful, and to the kindness and compassion of the wonderful staff at Crossroads Hospice. Mr. Curry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Elaine; sister, Louise Gilmore of Starkville, MS; brother, Bert Curry of Indianapolis, IN; daughters, Page Ginns of Albany NY and Susan Flores of San Francisco, CA; and son, John Curry of Lawrence, KS. He also leaves behind 4 stepchildren: Thomas Geraghty (wife Judy), Mission, KS; Patricia Geraghty (husband Mike Stroud), Mark Geraghty (wife Julie) and John Geraghty, all of Overland Park, KS; 12 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his stepson, Michael Geraghty, and his granddaughter, Laura Geraghty. George grew up in Parsons and Pleasanton, KS, the son of Bert Laurence Curry and Esther Coffin Curry. He graduated from Prescott High School and completed his first year of college at Fort Scott (KS) Community College before enlisting in the United States Army on his 18th birthday to serve his country in World War II. As part of the 96th Infantry Division in the South Pacific, he achieved the rank of Sergeant, receiving the Bronze Star for his service in Leyte, Philippines and Kakazu Ridge, Okinawa. George was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for Extraordinary Heroic Service during the Battle of Okinawa. Returning from service, he enrolled at Kansas State University and soon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. George then enrolled at the University of Missouri, earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. George spent his entire career in the manufacturing sector, serving many years as Plant Manager with Schroer Manufacturing (MO) and ARA Manufacturing (TX). He retired from his position as Plant Manager and Labor Relations Manager at Marley Company (KS) in 1972. Following his retirement, George spent many years as a Senior Advisor with the EPA, applying his extensive manufacturing experience and understanding of regulatory compliance. A member of Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Overland Park, KS, he loved gardening and landscaping, and particularly enjoyed his time with his extended family at Table Rock Lake each summer. There will be a private interment service at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Friday, December 23rd, 2011
To the families of this wonderful man: We are so sorry for your loss. While I never met him, I'm certain George was a wonderful and loving father, husband and friend. We send our heartfelt condolences to each of you, in the hopes that you find strength in the lifetime of memories you shared with George....and peace knowing that he's being welcomed into heaven on a special silver cloud. On behalf of The Donnelly Family who lives next door to Tom and Judy Geraghty, we send love and friendship to you all.Betsy Donnelly, Fairway, KS
- Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Just want to let George's wife and family know they are in our prayers. Also doing this on my Dad's behalf, he was George's roommate at Villa St. Francis. He will miss him. We will miss him. Very much appreciate his service in World War II. My Dad was a veteran also. You can have peace in knowing that for George there will be no more pain. Our heartfelt condolences to you. God bless you.Howard Weigman, Raytown, Missouri