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Wayne L. Curless

September 30th, 1938 – February 11th, 2019

Wayne L. Curless, 80, of Astoria, IL, passed away at 9:30 am on Monday, February 11, 2019 at his home. He was born on September 30, 1938 in Bluff City, IL, the son of Leo and Eva (Thompson) Curless. Wayne married Betty Estes on June 10, 1961 in Bluff City, IL. She Survives.

Also surviving are his 2 daughters, Tonya (and Darryl) Holmes of Ipava, IL and Wanette (and Tom) Dwyer of Clinton, IL, 4 grandchildren, DJ (and Laura) Holmes, Jake (and Caitlyn) Holmes, Laney Dwyer and Keegan Dwyer, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, Judy Brennan of Havana, IL, Pauline (and Dick) Atchley of Lewistown, IL and Janie (and Jess) Atterberry of Sherman, IL, and his brother, Paul (and Betty) Curless of Murfreesboro, TN

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Wayne retired from Navastar. He also was a retired minister. As a minister, he volunteered at the prison in Canton for 19 years. Wayne always took the opportunity to preach if given the chance.

Wayne served in the US Navy from age 17 to 21. In the Navy Wayne worked in the boiler room of a Naval Destroyer Ship. After the service, he was a member of the Peoria VA.

Wayne had a great since of humor and always liked to make people laugh. He would often refer to himself as James Bond along with telling lots of jokes to try to get a laugh. He loved to garden and would grow the biggest onions around. He also loved to fish and hunt. He would hunt everything and bring it back to Betty who would always cook it. He was also an avid golfer with his cousin Jack Curless. Wayne never meant a stranger and to him, family was everything.

Services will be held at 3 pm on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Harry Ellison will be officiating. The Astoria American Legion will provide military rites. A visitation will take from 1 to 3 pm prior to the service on Tuesday. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

Condolences


February 12th, 2019

Sorry for your loss Wayne was a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

February 12th, 2019

So sorry to read of Wayne passing Betty and girls stay strong that is what Wayne would want I've only known him a few years but his personality blossomed Tru we ly a one of a kind let me know if there is anything I can do to help you

February 12th, 2019

Wayne was neighbor, friend, teacher, spiritual leader, & a part our lives for the last 39 years ....our hearts are hurting
He will be missed each & every day ......God's comforting arms surround this Special family❤
Dennis & Cyndi Ratcliff

February 12th, 2019

Wayne and I and 8 other classmates joined the Navy together. In those days he was known as "kewpie doll" He was a good friend and I'll miss him.

February 12th, 2019

Sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. Love and prayers to Betty and family

February 12th, 2019

So so sorry for your loss! Thinking of you all! Debbie and Jimmy Derry

February 12th, 2019

Sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He is HOME now. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Robert and Susan Cameron

February 12th, 2019

So very sorry for the loss of Wayne. Prayers for the family. Marsha Thomas

February 12th, 2019

So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. You’re in our thoughts & prayers. Mark & Mary S Clayton

February 12th, 2019

Thoughts and prayers for you ALL at this sad time. Beverly Malott Taylor and family

February 12th, 2019

So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to you all...
Wendell & DeeVon

February 13th, 2019

So sorry to hear about Wayne. Nicki Hazzard

February 13th, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the family. Norma Jean Meehan

February 13th, 2019

Sorry for loss Wilbur and marian

February 13th, 2019

Sorry for loss Wilbur and marian

February 13th, 2019

Wanette and Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Sincerely,
Nancy Rutledge

February 13th, 2019

Sorry for your loss Mary and Dwayne Wilcoxen

February 13th, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you.

February 13th, 2019

Our brother and mentor in Christ...Go rest high on that mountain...son your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a shoutin...love for the Father and His Son. Love and prayers for you beautiful Betty and your family.
Paul and Martha

February 13th, 2019

We are so very sorry for your lost. Alvin and Lorenda Spilker.

February 13th, 2019

We are so very sorry for your loss. Wayne was such a kind a joyful man.
Daniel & Karen Holmes

February 13th, 2019

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." In remembrance of a man who shone forth the "Amazing Grace" of Christ in a human life. One who belonged to Christ with a vengeance and whose life and example still speaks to all who came into contact with him. We saw in him the glory of our King! God bless you, Betty, Tonya, Waynette and all of his family. Rex and Gail

February 13th, 2019

He was definitely one of my favorite uncles. He let me shoot skeet with the guys. RIP uncle Wayne. Come visit Missouri aunt Betty.

February 13th, 2019

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

February 13th, 2019

My heart is saddened for your loss he was a great man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him

February 13th, 2019

Sorry for your loss Tonya & Wanette & Betty. Joyce Davis Angel

February 14th, 2019

Grew up with Wayne and his brothers and sisters. Hunted and trapped with him. He was was at many of our families service s to help us get through some really rough times. Always with stories to tell about our loved ones we had lost. Sorry to the family for your great loss. Dick and connie Miller.

February 15th, 2019

I'm so very sorry to hear of your great loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Heaven gained another angel.

February 17th, 2019

So sorry for the families loss. Elva Stigall

February 17th, 2019

Sorry four your family loss of Wayne he grew up with my older sisters and brother, Have known his family long time. Thoughts and Prayers for Betty and family

February 17th, 2019

So sorry to hear of the passing of Wayne, dad just let me know. Prayers to the family
Logan and Liz Clayton

February 18th, 2019

Tonya, Darryl & Family, Our sympathy goes out to you in the loss of your Dad. Prayers for God's comfort at this time and in the days to come. Norma & JB Onion

February 18th, 2019

Betty & Family, I was so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. Great Guy!! Many found memories. Thinking of all of you. Julitta Carpenter

February 21st, 2019

Betty and Family May God Bless You Through This Time Of Grief Rebecca Rankins / Dickson