Curtin, Francis W. 'Diddy' (January 31, 1920 - December 25, 1997)

Francis 'Diddy' Curtin

Douglas Budget - January 1, 1997

Funeral mass for Francis W. "Diddy" Curtin, 76, was held at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Thermopolis Dec. 30.

The Rosary was recited Sunday at the church with Father William Caspers officiating.

Burial will be at the Douglas Park Cemetery at 2 p.m. Jan. 2 Samuel Mares of the American Legion Post #8 will conduct military grave side services. Coffee and cookies will be served following the service in the basement of St. James Catholic Church in Douglas.

Mr. Curtin died at his home early Christmas Day, following a short illness.

He was born on Jan. 31, 1920, in Douglas to William and Caroline (Keenan) Curtin. The youngest of eight children, he was raised and educated in Douglas, graduating from Douglas High School in 1939. He worked various jobs in the Douglas and Casper area until he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1942 to serve during World War II. Following his discharge he returned to the Douglas area.

He married Irene Siemsen in Lusk Aug. 16, 1948.

He was employed by Knisley Moore Construction. He then worked with the Postal Service and spent 15 years as a salesman and manager at the Ford dealership in Douglas.

In 1967, he and Irene moved to Thermopolis where he owned and operated the "Diddy" Curtin Liquor store for 29 years. His two sons recently took over management.

He was a life member of the Douglas Moose Lodge, a member of The American Legion, The Thermopolis Elks Club BPOE #1746, and a past president of the Thermopolis Lions Club. He was a member of the Wyoming Liquor Dealers Association, named retailer of the year in 1981.

His interest were his family, good friends, a good joke and sports.

He is survived by his wife, Irene of Thermopolis; sons Pat of Riverton and John of Vancouver, Wash.; sister Avis Smith of Thermopolis; a grandson; one great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Memorials may be made to Hot Springs County Senior Citizens Center, c/o Mortimore Funeral Home, 620 Arapahoe, Thermopolis 82443 or to the charity of donor's choice.

Mortimore Funeral Home of Thermopolis and Converse Funeral Chapel are in charge of the arrangements.

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