Vivian Gene Curtis

Curtisville, Michigan
April 29, 1927 - May 10, 2019

Service Location

Curtisville Cemetery


According to Gene's wishes, cremation has taken place. A military graveside ceremony will be held at 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Curtisville Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Vivian Gene Curtis, age 92, of Curtisville, Michigan passed away May 10, 2019 at The Villa at Rose City in Rose City, Michigan under the loving care of his wife, Geraldine, his family, and Hospice Compassus.
Gene was born April 29, 1927 in Glennie, Michigan to the late Charles D. and Alberta (Simon) Curtis. He enlisted in the United States ARMY in 1945 and proudly served our country until his honorable discharge in 1948. After his discharge, he became a welder and held that career until his retirement. On March 24, 1951 in Wyandotte, Michigan, Gene married the former Geraldine Blackburn and together began their family raising five children, Valerie, Wanda, Glenda, Scott, and Mark.
Gene enjoyed taking car rides and having roadside picnics with Geraldine, many times driving the car he built from the ground up completely of oak wood. Gene had a passion for building. He built the home he and Geri have resided in since his retirement by himself, a steel pole barn that would house their horses they had at one time many years ago, a pavilion at their home that would serve well for family gatherings, and also a cabin for them to enjoy. He loved to carve wood, build clocks, wooden toys of all sizes, trunks, picture frames and mirrors, and shelves and cabinets as well. Gene even carved an Indian head of a wooden block that now has it’s home in France! Since the age of 12 years old, Gene has enjoyed hunting and fishing always striving to bring trophies home. Gene would do anything he set his mind to and never failed at anything he created.
Gene is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Geraldine; children, Valerie (Parris) Elisavitis, Wanda (Charles) Keiser, Glenda (Bob) Rich, Mark Curtis; four grandchildren, several great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his son, Scott; granddaughter, Danielle Clark; brothers, Charles Richard Curtis and Stanley Curtis.
According to Gene’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside committal ceremony with military honors will take place at 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Curtisville Cemetery with a time of fellowship to follow at the Curtisville Civic Center. Online condolences may be offered at


Curtisville Cemetery


Geri-I am so sorry to read of Gene’s passing. Gene was truly one of my favorite people and such an interesting guy. A big part of Curtisville history passed with Gene. Thinking of you and your family and sending prayers and condolences during these difficult days.
— Margy Holzheuer
He fought the good fight. Praying for your family.
— Denise Taglauer

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