Curtin, Paul Raphael (April 27, 1916 - April 9, 1988)

Paul Raphael Curtin

Douglas Budget - April 13, 1988

Mass for Christian Burial for Paul Raphael Curtin, 71, will be held this Wednesday at 10 A.M. at the St. James Catholic Church in Douglas with Father Philip Colibraro as the celebrant.

Rosary was recited Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 P.M. at the Converse Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at the Douglas Park Cemetery with the Samuel Mares American Legion Post No. 8 conducting military graveside rites.

Mr. Curtin died Saturday, April 9, at the Converse County Memorial Hospital in Douglas following a short illness.

He was born April 27, 1916 at Spalding, Neb., to William E. and Caroline C. (Keenan) Curtin. In 1917 he moved to Wyoming with his parents. He was reared and educated in Douglas, graduating from the Douglas High School in 1934.

He attended Oklahoma A & M for two years and then attended the University of Oklahoma for one year. He then began working for Carter Oil Company in various states west of the Mississippi River, and then returned to Douglas and worked for Knisley - Moore Construction.

He entered the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was stationed in England, and he flew 65 missions as a rear gunner in the European Theater of Operation. He was discharged in June 1945 and returned to Douglas where he and his brother, Pete, managed a grocery store.

He married Carol Holderman on June 1, 1949 in Douglas.

In 1955 he began working for the Wyoming Highway Department as engineering technician, and on Dec. 31, 1980 he retired from this job. During his retirement years he enjoyed playing golf, bridge, watching sporting events, and he was a great jokester.

He was a member of the St. James Catholic Church and the Samuel Mares American Legion Post No. 8.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of Douglas; two brothers, Tom Curtin of Douglas and F.W. "Diddy" Curtin of Thermopolis; three sisters, Eve Mullenix of Long Beach, Calif., Avis Smith of Thermopolis, and Margaret Mills of New Paris, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Gerald "Tad" Curtin and Pete Curtin.

Serving as pallbearers will be Peter Mike Curtin, Pat Curtin, Tim Curtin, Dick Silsby, Max I. Page, Max F. Page, Michael Pryczynski, and Russell Burbank.

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

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