Curry, Warren Douglas 'Corky' (August 1, 1928 - December 24, 2009)

Warren Douglas Curry

1928 - 2009

Douglas Budget - May 5, 2010

Warren Douglas Curry, (a.k.a. Corky, or Daddy Vern) was a good son, a fun brother, a loving husband, a compassionate father, a fun uncle, a sweet grandfather, a loyal friend, a humanitarian and the life of any party he attended, he was truly a lover of life. He touched the hearts of many and didn't seem to know a stranger. Warren left this life on earth, at the fine age of 81, while surrounded by loved ones, in La Grande, Ore., the evening of Dec. 24, 2009, watching "A Christmas Story."

Warren was born on Aug. 1, 1928, the son of Douglas Michael and Frances Irene (VanDeventer) Curry in Douglas. He attended North Grade School and Douglas High School, graduating in 1946. He then attended Barnes Business College in Denver, Colorado. After leaving business college in April 1947, he moved to join his family in Portland. He worked for Meier and Frank Department Store from mid-1947 to August 1948. He joined the United States Navy where he served until July 26, 1952.

Warren returned to Portland and continued to work for Meier & Frank, where he met Margaret Keith. It was in Portland that he also attended night school at Northwest Broadcasting School and graduated the summer of 1953. On Nov. 22, 1953, he and Margaret Keith married in Portland, and soon after moved to La Grande where he took on a career in broadcasting at KLBM radio. Warren and Margaret were the proud parents of five (wonderful) children; Bonnie Kay Curry Theabolt of Enterprise, Ore., Connie Jean Bradley Curry of Coquille, Ore., Polly Rose Ann Curry Walker of Portland, Ore., Susan Christine Curry Deckard of Rogue River, Ore., and Scott Douglas Curry of Kennewick, Wash. The marriage later ended in divorce.

On July 3, 1968, Warren and Cleo Jeannette (Wade) Bailey were married in La Grande, where he also adopted her daughter Toni Gay Curry Jabson of Galesburg, Ill. They were together for 38 (wonderful) years. In May 2006, Cleo passed away. His love for her continued to the day of his passing and there after.

In fulfilling a promise made to long-time family friends Jim and Shirley Petersen, Warren verbally adopted daughters by friendship, Joni Petersen of Kila, Mont., and Kris Petersen Rasmussen of La Grande.

Other loving survivors include 17 grandchildren; Rebecca Henry, Rachel Black, Joseph Miller, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, Carrie Bradley, Kelly Bradley, Tiffany McBride, Sean McBride, Benjamin Jabson, David Winslow, Laura Winslow, Emily Winslow, Bob Winslow, Caleb Francis, William Deckard, Cody Curry; 14 great-grandchildren; sister Connie Irene Curry Grabhorn; nephews Bruce, Bart and Spencer Grabhorn; and other relatives and many, many friends.

Warren was a humanitarian in every sense of the word. In the many years of residence in La Grande, he was involved with several charitable organizations including the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, American Heart Fund, New Day Enterprises (for 20 years), the American Red Cross as a regular blood donor and serving as local blood chair for 32 years, served many years as a trustee for Koinonia House and was also a member of the Mavrick's Club. He was active with St. Peter's Episcopal Church for 27 years and then with the First Christian Church since 1981.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, May 29, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church Disciple of Christ, 901 Penn Ave., La Grande, Ore., with a luncheon to follow the service. For further questions please feel free to call the church at 541-963-2623.

Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Warren to the Koinonia House, Cove Christian Church Camp, New Day Enterprises, Habitat for Humanity or the American Red Cross in care of First Christian Church, PO Box 953, La Grande, OR 97850.

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