Curtin, Thomas William (October 31, 1905 - July 3, 1991)

Thomas William Curtin

Douglas Budget - July 10, 1991

Mass of Christian burial for Thomas William Curtin, 85, was held July 8, at the Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas, with Father John Murray as the Celebrant. The rosary was recited on Sunday, at the Converse Funeral Chapel. Interment was in the family plot at the Douglas Park Cemetery. The Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 conducted military graveside rites.

Mr. Curtin died Wednesday, July 3, 1991 at his home in Douglas following a short illness.

He was born Oct. 31, 1905 in Spalding, Neb., the son of William E. and Caroline C. (Keenan) Curtin. Tom, with his parents and family, moved to Wyoming in 1917, homesteading west of Douglas. He was educated in Douglas, graduating from the Douglas High School, where he was active in athletics. He attended Regis College in Denver, Colo. on a football and wrestling scholarship.

He returned to Douglas where he was employed by the LaPrele Ditch Company as the water supervisor for several years. In the late 1930s he was employed with the Soil Conservation Office and the Knisley-Moore Construction Company.

During World War II he served with the United States Anti-Aircraft Division, for two and half years, in the Aleutian Islands. He was discharged in 1946, and returned to Douglas, where he was the custodian of the Moose Lodge #602.

In 1961 he and his brother, Pete, entered into a partnership and started Curtin's Liquor Store, retiring because of ill health two and a half years ago.

He was married to Marie (Mullin)Kaysbier on Jan. 8, 1977 at Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas. He had remained a resident of Douglas until the time of his death.

He was a member of the Saint James Catholic Church, Saint James Knights of Columbus, Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8, and Moose Lodge #602.

He is survived by three sisters, Eve Mullenix of San Pedro, Calif., Margaret Mills of New Paris, Ohio, and Avis Burbank Smith of Thermopolis; one brother, Francis W. "Diddy" Curtin of Thermopolis; stepdaughter, Kay Day of Vancouver, Wash.; stepson, William Kaysbier of Cheyenne; two step-grandchildren, Shannan Harris of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Bobby Kaysbier of Vancouver; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, on August 9, 1983, and three brothers, Gerald, Pete and Paul Curtin.

Serving as pallbearers were Pad Curtin, Russell Burbank, Pat Curtin, Dick Silsby, Bill Kaysbier and Brad MacKearney.

A memorial to the Saint James Catholic Church or to the Converse County Heart Fund would be appreciated by the family.

The Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.


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