2017-03-02 / Obituaries

Robert Curtiss

Robert “Bob” Curtiss passed away in Placerville, Calif., on Jan. 13, 2017, with his family by his side.

He was born in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 14, 1938, the youngest of three children. In or around 1939 his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where his father found work painting the Golden Gate Bridge. Within a few years his family settled in Cathey’s Valley in Mariposa County.

Bob went to school in a one-room schoolhouse and then attended Mariposa

High School. He had many friends from the Mariposa area and visited annually for the alumni and class reunions. This year would have been the 60th.

Bob was working for John Roth Chevrolet in Merced, Calif., when he met his wife of 57-1/2 years, Charlotte “Schatz,” and it was love at first sight for both. While living in Merced they had two children.

Shortly after the birth of his second child, Bob had an employment opportunity and moved his family to Hollister, Calif. Other opportunities took him and his family to Los Gatos and Meyers, Calif., and eventually to settle in Placerville.

Bob owned and operated several body shops along the way, with the last one being Bob Curtiss Automotive and Auto Body Repair on Missouri Flat Road in Placerville for 31 years. He retired in January 2013. He battled bladder cancer, COPD, diabetes and heart disease, and lost the battle to diabetic complications.

Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Cathy Rudich of Merced.

He leaves his brother, Charles Curtiss and his family of Monterey, Calif.; his son, Rob Curtiss of Placerville; daughter, Teresa “Terri” Crispell of Placerville; his grandsons, Chris Curtiss of Placerville and Joshua Crispell of Pullman, Wash.; granddaughters, Anna Guyton of Portland, Ore., and Cierra Curtiss of Placerville; his great-grandson, Brody Curtiss; and numerous nephews and nieces in California, Arizona and Oklahoma.

A celebration of life service will be at the Lions Hall on the corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads in Placerville on April 1 at 3 p.m.

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