John A. Curtis -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- A graveside service for John A. Curtis will be at 2:15 p.m. Friday in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, with the Rev. Diane Harvey officiating. The Rochester American Legion Post will provide military honors.

Mr. Curtis, 87, a longtime Rochester resident, died Sunday (Nov. 13, 2005) following a lengthy illness, at Maple Manor Nursing Home where he had resided since September 2005.

John Archibald Curtis was born March 15, 1918, in Winona, and was reared in Winona. He graduated from high school and then from St. Mary's University in Winona. He worked as a technician at the Heise Clinic in Winona for 20 years. He served in the Army with the 920th Field Artillery Battalion, 95th Infantry, during World War II from 1942 to 1945. On June 29, 1946, he married Dorothy E. Heise in Winona, and they moved to Rochester in 1962, where he had lived since. His wife died April 9, 1998. He worked for 20 years as an X-ray technician at the former Rochester State Hospital, retiring in 1982; Mrs. Curtis provided child care in doctors' homes in Rochester. He was a member of the Winona American Legion Post for 60 years, Rochester Eagles Club for 37 years, the Rochester VFW, and the 40 and 8 Voiture Posts, of which he was the last living Past Grand Chef DeGare. He was also a member of the Congregational Church of Rochester.

There are no immediate survivors.

There will be no visitation or reviewal.


Memorials are suggested to The Eagles Cancer Telethon or a charity of the donor's choice.

Ranfranz &; Vine Funeral Homes of Rochester is in charge of arrangements.

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