Curtin, Peter Michael (May 21, 1942 - June 6, 2010)

Peter Michael Curtin

1942 - 2010

Douglas Budget - June 9, 2010

Funeral liturgy for Peter Michael Curtin, 68, will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas, with Father John Savio as the Celebrant.

The Vigil for the Deceased will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel in Douglas.

Peter Mike Curtin, a life long resident of Douglas, died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at his home in Douglas.

He was born May 21, 1942, in Douglas, the son of Peter Antherdes and Freda Lee (Cannon) Curtin. He was reared and educated in Douglas and graduated from the Douglas High School in 1960. He served in the United States Navy serving from March 9, 1960, to May 2, 1963. He returned to Douglas and worked for the Wyoming Highway Department for 11.5 years.

He was married to Charlene Pierce on Sept. 4, 1965, in Eugene, Ore. In 1975, he joined his father and Uncle Tom Curtin in the family business, Curtin Liquor Store, in downtown Douglas. He continued operating the business until his retirement in 1999, and in 2006 he returned to the business and was operating it at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 and served as the commander several times and presently was the head of the house committee. He was serving on the board of Irwin Towers as the chairman.

Peter Mike was proud of his family, his service to the country and his hay fields. He loved hunting, pool, golf and the mountains and spending time at the cabin. His favorite times were spent with his family, his dogs and farming and helping with various programs and activities throughout the community.

Peter Mike was an original member of the Wild Bunch, where he served as the infamous, straight shootin "Doc." He took great pride guiding handicapped hunters for the Helluva Hunt.

He was loved most for his sense of humor and sport of competitive prank-pulling, preferring a role as the primary instigator. His unique personality led to historic capers, some of which involved "Silas," a big white bear, shooting the fan at the Douglas Community Club, and planning for the Buzzard Days celebration.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Charleen, of Douglas; daughters Shannon (Roger) Hillibush and Samantha Curtin, both of Casper; siblings Carolyn Schumacher of California, Sharon Rose Curtin of Washington, D.C., Tomi Silsby of Casper, James Frances Wulff of Seattle and Shelagh Wisdom of Douglas; grandchildren Hannah Christine and Kaden Patrick Hillibush, both of Casper; and aunt Betty J. Smith of Douglas.

He was preceded in death by his father Peter A. Curtin on April 10, 1980; mother Freda L. Wulff on June 1, 1997; sister Margaret Mary "Mickey" Page on Nov. 10, 1995; uncle Thomas William Curtin on July 3, 1991; and numerous other aunts and uncles.

Serving as pallbearers will be Roger Hillibush. All of his many friends will serve as honorary pallbearers.

A memorial to the Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1, Douglas, WY 82633 or to the choice of donor would be appreciated by the family.

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

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