Arnold Lee Curley
November 9, 1935–January 26, 2015
|Arnold Lee Curley, Sr., 79, Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at home with his family.|
Funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation was held at the Oxford Junction American Legion Hall Thursday, January 29 from 4 - 7 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 7:30 p.m. Burial with military honors was at Mayflower Cemetery in Oxford Junction.
Arnold was born on November 9, 1935 in Hale, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Anna (Leslie) Curley. He attended Country School outside of Hale until the family moved to a farm near Clarence. He attended Clarence public schools through the 8th grade.
On January 6, 1953 Arnold enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged on January 5, 1956. After boot camp he served in the Korean War as a Machine Gunner/Infantry man in the 1st Marine Division with Fox 2/7 fighting on the 38th parallel. After the war he served in Hawaii and Camp Pendleton (California) with the Military Police. Arnold was very proud to be a Marine and carried the Esprit De Corps with him throughout his life, sharing his loyalty and pride of being a Marine with his family and friends.
Arnold spent his entire time enjoying the outdoors and was known by everyone in the area for his expertise in trapping and fishing. He often shared his bounty with others and would teach only those that he selected to receive his woodsman trade. Arnold's passion to be the best in what he did was obvious by the results of his catch no matter the season of the year.
He was first united in marriage to Julia T. Manglona. He then was united in marriage to Shirley Welsh.
Arnold worked various jobs through the years: Farmhand as a teenager, automotive painting (California), worked for the railroad (Clinton), residential painter (Cedar Rapids), factory work (Maquoketa), Bahl Lumber (Oxford Junction) and finally throughout his life an outdoorsman raising and harvesting ginseng, collecting and selling wild seeds and nuts, and trapping throughout Iowa and many other states.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children: Arnold Lee 'Buckshot' Curley, Iowa City, Iowa, Jeanette Williams, Jacksonville, Florida, Teresa (Randy) Nissen, DeWitt, Iowa, Jesse Curley (Robin) Jacksonville, Florida, Gary Curley, Jacksonville, Florida, Victor (Heather) Curley, Stanwood, Iowa, Craig Curley (Sybil Zmolek) Stewartville, Minnesota; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his siblings, Keith Curley, Arkansas, Beverly Yarolem, Monmouth, Iowa, Margie Taylor, Arkansas, Elizabeth (Caylop) Minchew, Alabama, Larry (Marlene) Curley, Oxford Mills, Iowa, Lyle (Gwen) Curley, Alabama, Wayne (Loretta) Curley, California, twins; Danny (Kathy) Curley, Clarence, and Dennis (Diane) Curley, Arkansas, Rex Curley, Arkansas, Peggy (Chuck) Wolfe, Dixon, Iowa, Bonnie Kuehl, Walcott, and Mary Score, Marion; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Raymond, Sr., sister, Marsha, and two grandchildren; Troy Lee and Evan.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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