Gerald “Jan” Curry, 89, of rural Quincy, died at 10:05 a.m. Saturday (July 8, 2017) at the Illinois
Born May 25, 1928, in Galesburg, Illinois, Jan was the son of Bernie W. and Edith “Irene” (Hegstrom) Curry. He married Donna Lee Slaughter on Feb. 22, 1957 in Salem Church in Quincy. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2000.
Mr. Curry was a graduate of Quincy High School. He served his country in the U. S. Navy from 1946 to 1947.
Jan was employed by Central Illinois Public Service Co. for many years, retiring in 1990.
In their early years, Jan and Donna showed horses at many area horse shows. They later enjoyed raising and racing standardbreds and thoroughbreds. He and Donna also enjoyed riding their horses in Eminence, Mo.
Mr. Curry enjoyed having breakfast nearly every day at the Paloma Diner in Paloma and ate lunch at Hy-Vee on Broadway for many years. He was known throughout the community as “Grandpa” or “Papa.”
Survivors include four children, Jana (Jim) Green and Jimmy (Marla) Curry of Quincy and Monty (Lisa) Curry and Todd (Julie) Curry of Liberty; 12 grandchildren, Ryan (Karla) Green, Brandon (Jennifer) Green, Justin (Jess) Curry, Lance (Maggie) Curry, Patrick Curry, Jordan Curry and Austin (Amber) Curry, all of Quincy, Tonya (Nick) Neira of Burlington, Iowa, Gerad (Jodi) Curry of St. Joseph, Mo., and Shelby Curry, Max Curry and Charlie Curry of Liberty; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Curry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Donna; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arla and Viola Slaughter.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with the Rev. L. D. Grant officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Friday morning from 10:30 until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter