Robert Eugene Franklyn Curtiss

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  • Name: Robert Eugene Franklyn Curtiss
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: November 20, 1920
  • Date of Death: March 30, 2012
  • Parents: Jack Curtiss & Blanche (Cowles) Curtiss
  • High School and Class: 1939 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: University of South Dakota
    Washington State University
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date of Discharge: December 15, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Robert Eugene Curtiss
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: November 20, 1920
    Birth Place: Bovey, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: February 16, 1942
    Employer: S. E. Heller & Co., Grand Rapids, MN (business located in Coleraine, Minnesota)
    Weight: 165
    Height: 5-10
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Black
    Next of Kin: Mrs. J. F. Curtiss, Coleraine, Minnesota

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Robert Curtiss graduated cum laude from the University of South Dakota and Washington State University, with masters in geology & mathematics.  Dr. Curtiss started work with the Atomic Energy Commission, locating uranium deposits suitable for nuclear weaponry.  He was then promoted to Resident Engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers building dams – Oahe Dam in Pierre, South Dakota, the John Day Dam spanning the Columbia River, and the Upper and Lower Monumental Dams in Washington State and the Lower Granite Dam in the same region.  He earned a degree in Divinity and became an ordained minister.

    Dr. Curtiss died in Olympia, Washington and is buried in Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Washington (Sec t, Site 884C).  He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Cynthia Cundy Curtiss; daughter, Cindy Gibson; son, Dr. Curtiss J. Curtiss; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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