On April 28, 2013 Philip Malcolm Curtiss, 81 year old, Master Sergeant retired US Air Force passed away at his home in Miles City after a two year battle with cancer.
He was born August 24, 1931 in Circle, Montana. He was the fourth child of six born to Ellen and Malcolm Curtiss. As a boy he loved riding horses, haying for his Uncle, roaming the hills, boxing with his brothers and sweeping up at the Chevy garage where his Father worked. He graduated from Circle High in 1949. After he turned 18 he enlisted in the US Air Force for what would be a 20 year career during which he developed a love for the fighter interceptors on which he repaired and maintained the radar and electronic systems. May 13, 1954 he married Mary Anna Lockhart who shared his military life and was the mother of their two children – Curt and Cindia. Following his Air Force career the family moved to Circle where he and his wife and children built their home. Phil drew the floor plans, was the builder – carpenter, plumber, electrician and teacher/director of the family building crew.
Collecting garbage for the town of Circle was next, then on to working for Idland Construction driving the boom truck, various diggers, and cement truck, hammer, saw whatever was needed he did it. After that business closed he went to work as a mechanic for Lund Implement which provided him employment and also the enjoyment of making on farm stops to repair swathers, balers and tractors and visit with area families. Retirement brought the opportunity to try the snowbird life. He and his wife spent many winters in the Brenda, Arizona area making many friends, taking RV trips into the desert, digging his toes into the sand, being awed by the Chocolate Mountains and saguaro cactus and enjoying the companionship of the “guys” playing desert golf. When his illness prevented their trips South in the winter the highlights of his days were visits from friends and family.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents Malcolm and Ellen Curtiss, sister Bendinie and husband Bert Lingle, brother Welcome and wife Ella Curtiss, brother Delmer Curtiss and grandson Travis Curtiss. Philip is survived by his wife of 58 years Mary, sister Bernice and Ford Welch, brother Russell and Maureen Curtiss; son Curt and wife Janna Curtiss and daughter Cindia (Curtiss) Miller; grandchildren Owen Curtiss and Kirsten (Curtiss) Weise and husband Anthony and beloved great grandchildren Zoei and Zander Weise.
Special thanks to all of his family and friends who have been the highlight of his days – providing teasing, story telling, love and the sharing of your lives. Thanks as well to the staffs of Holy Rosary Extended Care and Hospice for their care and services to help him return home to spend his remaining days.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Circle. Placing of his remains will follow in the Veterans Circle of the Riverview Cemetery in Circle with full military honors. Condolences and personal comments can be made on the website at www.stevensonandsons.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials or donations can be made to the Circle or Miles City Fire Departments or the charity of ones choice