2013-01-24 / Obituaries

Ben Curry

Ben Curry passed away on Friday, Jan. 11. Ben was born in New Castle, Penn. in 1923 to Ben R. Curry and Abigail M. Curry. They and Ben’s two brothers, William H. (Bill) Curry and Jack C. Curry moved west and settled in Le Grand in 1925.

Ben loved growing up in the farming town of Le Grand. He graduated from Le Grand High

School and attended Marin Junior College. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ben signed up for flight cadet school in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He piloted B-24s and B-17 Flying Fortresses in the Army during World War Two. At the age of 20, Ben took off at midnight and piloted a B-17 bomber across the North Atlantic to begin his active duty in the European Theater.

Ben resumed his education at Fresno State College, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree majoring in political science. He picked up his last few units needed for his degree from Fresno State at the last session they offered of summer school classes at Huntington Lake, where he met his lifelong love, Nancy Gwosden. He attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco on the G.I. Bill, where he was an honor student. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1950 and passed the California Bar Exam on his first attempt.

Ben was an active member of Central Presbyterian Church in Merced, and he served as an elder and a deacon for the church, where he enjoyed serving communion. Ben loved the Lord and was a faithful Christian to the end of his days. Ben was a true patriot and he served his country proudly and ably during time of war, as did both of his brothers and many of his ancestors and relatives.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Ben R. Curry and Abigail M. Curry; brothers, William H. Curry, M.D. and 2nd Lt. Jack C. Curry, U.S. Army Air Corps.

Ben is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy; children, Patricia Ann (Pattee) Russell-Curry (John) and Thomas Marshall Curry, both of Merced; his grandchildren, Jason Russell (Carrie) of Tigard, Oregon, Jesse Russell Curry of Merced, and Keddy Russell-Curry of San Jose; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 at Central Presbyterian Church at 520 West 20th Street, Merced with reception to follow.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home.

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