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Dale Calvin Curtis, USAF (Retired)December 23, 1934 – February 16, 2020
Obituary of Dale Calvin Curtis
Dale Calvin Curtis, 85, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. Dale was born to Boyd Curtis and Melba Bryant on December 23, 1934 in Haleyville, Oklahoma.
He joined the United States Air Force when he was seventeen, and devoted his life to serving his country. Dale served in Vietnam and various other countries before retiring from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV, after 41 years of service as a USAF Firefighter.
Dale was a 32 degree Mason with a number of Lodges in Las Vegas spanning fifty years. He was a devoted member of Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, AL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Larry Curtis; sisters, Pat Smith and Polly Hibbard; and brother, Gary Curtis. Dale is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 14 years, Alma Thomas Curtis; three children, Sandra Kay Cooper (Justin H.), Robert Curtis, and John “Johnny” Boyd Curtis; two grandchildren, Nathan H. Cooper and Racheal Anne Ross, Esq.; step-granddaughter, Justine Salas; his two beloved canine companions, Suzi and Mendi; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other cherished family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Pine Crest Funeral Home on Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile, with a chapel service immediately following. Entombment will be in Pine Crest Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Lifegate Ministry at Christ United Methodist Church.
Alma Thomas Curtis, Wife
Sandra Kay Cooper, Daughter
Robert Curtis, Son
Johnny Curtis, Son
Robert Curtis, and John “Johnny” Boyd Curtis; two grandchildren, Nathan H. Cooper and Racheal Anne Ross, Esq.; step-granddaughter, Justine Salas; his two beloved canine companions, Suzi and Mendi; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other cherished family and friends.
April 13, 2020
Dale & Alma were at the Pedro Rescue Helicopter Assoc. reunion in Dayton in 2016. My wife & I sat with them at the banquet. We will remember our time with him that evening.
February 19, 2020
I worked with Dale at Bien Hoa in Viet Nam in the Rescue Det. as Firefighters on Pedro. What a GREAT Person and Firefighter. Many memories of our time there. May Dale rest in Gods Pease, Thought and Prayers are with the family.
Sad to hear of Dale passing. We kind of followed each other around during our USAF active duty careers. Finally met in person in 1984 at Nellis AFB. We shared a lot of war stories with each other. He was a good person who I am proud to say was my friend. After he left Las Vegas to move to Alabama we chatted once in a while by phone. May Dale Rest In Peace, God bless the family. Hand Salute to a fellow firefighter, friend, and mentor.
I worked with Mr. Curtis in the Air Force and first met him in1984 at Indian Springs AFAF Nevada. I later worked with him again at Nellis AFB, Nevada. He was always great to work with as he was always a stand up guy with a great sense of humor. I’m sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
USAF Firefighter Ret.
Thank you for your service to our Great Nation. We owe you a debt of gratitude for devoting your life to your country. My Father was USAF Lt. Col Bush, who was an Pedro Pilot. Rest in Peace, Sir.