Curtis J. "Curt" Aiken
Curtis J. “Curt” Aiken,68, of Sherman, died at 10:35 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016 at St. John’s Hospice. He was born July 15, 1948, in Macomb, Illinois to Richard and Laura Lee Kennelly Aiken. He married Nancy Wetmore on August 6, 2015.
Curt is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Lesley (Jason) Grothe; grandchildren, Lauryn, Anastasia and Alexander Grothe; stepsons, Joseph (Jan) Wetmore and Paul Wetmore; stepdaughter, Julie (Lee) Bertagnolli; four sisters, Eleanor (Robert) Henry, Kathy Wenke, Jeanne (Rick) Hector, Becky (Dennis) Wilson and two brothers, Mark (Debbie) Aiken and Tim (Sandy) Aiken and many nieces and nephews.
Curt graduated from Greenview High School in 1966 and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree from Lincoln Land Community College in 1975 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sangamon State University (UIS Springfield) in 1978.
He enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1968 to 1972; the Illinois Air National Guard from 1974 to 1985, and the United States Naval Reserve from 1985 to 1991, when he retired from military service.
He retired as a Captain on the Springfield Fire Department in 2000 and was the recipient of the Fire Fighter of the Year Award that same year.
Curt was a member of St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge #500, and was a member of the Ansar Shrine. Curt loved his dogs, Winchester, Coalie, Tigger and Daisy Dog. He also enjoyed woodworking, fishing, boating, old muscle cars and especially golf. He was an avid sports fan and religiously followed the Chicago Cubs, University of Illinois football and basketball, Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bears. Most of all, very special to Curt, was spending time with his daughter, Lesley (Jason) and his grandkids, Lauryn, Ani and Alex.
Memorial Gathering: 11 am – 12:45 pm, Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield with a Masonic Service being held at 12:45 pm.
Memorial Service: 1 pm, Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield. Private family burial to follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League.