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Clifford F. Curtis '56

Clifford Franklin Curtis, born January 18, 1928, age 86, longtime resident of Bellevue, Washington, died peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2014, surrounded by his wife Peggy and children. Cliff was born January 18, 1928, in New Britain, Connecticut, as the third son to Orion Grant and Gertrude (Jester) Curtis. His brothers were Kenneth Robert and Ralph Emerson. Cliff admired his father tremendously most especially, his Army service in WWI. Following in his father's footsteps, Cliff enlisted in the Army in 1946 and served until 1948. He was drafted to Korea in 1950 and discharged again in 1951. Taking advantage of education benefits offered under the GI Bill, Cliff graduated from Antioch College at Yellow Springs in 1956 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He earned his MBA from the University of Dayton in the mid 1960s. Cliff married Lois Carpenter Wylie, of Yellow Springs, in 1955. He brought his family from Ohio to Washington State in 1966 to accept a job offer from Boeing. After 32 years of marriage, Lois died in June, 1987. Cliff was an avid reader and a lifelong learner. He completed a law degree from the University of Puget Sound at Tacoma in the mid 1970s while he was working at Boeing. He practiced law in Mukilteo for over ten years. He was a member of the Washington State Bar Association until July, 2013. After closing his law office in 1988 Cliff returned to work full-time at Boeing, where he met Peggy Olafson. They were married on June 21, 1995. Remarkably, he retired in June, 2012, at age 84, after a very long and satisfying career. Cliff is survived by his wife Peggy and his children Marshall, Ellen, Laura, and his stepdaughter Elizabeth Pacely his grandchildren Renee, Michael, Felicia, Christina, Jordan, and Alexander and his great-grandchildren Steve and Arserena. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Ken and Ralph, and his stepdaughter Elizabeth Wylie Torres. Throughout his life, Cliff was devoted to his family. His lifelong friends would describe him as honest and trustworthy, committed to helping others in any way he could. He was a generous, humble man of great integrity, and he had many friends from all walks of life. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, February 22, at Northshore Baptist Church, 10301 NE 145th St., Kirkland. A reception will follow immediately after the service. A committal service with full military honors will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are made by Cascade Memorial of Bellevue. Condolences may be left on the online guestbook at The family suggests remembrances be sent to Wounded Warrior Project or The Paralyzed Veterans of America.