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George "Bud" Curtiss

February 13, 1934 — August 13, 2023


Funeral service for George "Bud" Curtiss will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 18, 2023 at Sequoyah Baptist Church, burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the funeral home on Thursday, August 17, from 1pm-8pm, with family receiving visitors from 6pm-8pm.  
Bud Curtiss, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on August 13, 2023 at the age of 89 1/2.   He was born on February 13, 1934, in Cushing, Oklahoma to Donald Otto and Una Alice (Gray) Curtiss. Bud's family eventually moved to Tulsa where he attended Central High School and graduated with the class of 1953.  All during school Bud worked as a golf caddy, and also worked in a body shop painting cars.  However as hard as he worked during the day, he enjoyed spending time with his friends in the evening.  It was one of those evenings while hanging out at Mohawk Wheels Skating Rink that he met  Charlotte Knight.  The two began dating and married on June 24, 1955.  In December of that same year Bud was called to serve his country.  Bud proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Shea.  After his military service, Bud embarked on a fulfilling career as a truck driver for Campbell 66 Express Trucking, where he also served as union steward most of that time.  He finished his career working for Yellow Freight and  OTASCO.

While Bud's career brought him satisfaction, his true joy came from spending time with his family. He had a special bond with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who brought immense happiness into his life.  Outside of work and family, Bud had a variety of interests and hobbies. He looked forward to traveling to Texas every winter after retirement with his wife in their RV, and other members of the Oklahoma Travelers RV Club. Bud delighted in hunting, fishing, and golfing. He also had a passion for collecting coins, with pennies being his favorite. He enjoyed seeking out flea markets and had an eye for finding depression glass.  Bud also enjoyed attending Sequoyah Alumi events as an honorary member.

Bud's warm-hearted personality endeared him to all who knew him. His kindness and generosity touched the lives of many individuals throughout the years. Bud will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather (Papa), great-grandfather (Poppy), brother, and friend.

Bud is survived by his loving wife Charlotte Curtiss; his daughter Cassey Parker and her husband Tony; his cherished grandchildren Jentry Cruce and husband Mike, Cody Parker and wife Kasandra, and Candace Gulisao and husband Brandon; as well as his great-grandchildren Jaedyn, Jenna, Vann, Olivia, Koen, and Cloudy. He is also survived by sister Leona Gertrude Keeter and several cousins.  Bud was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Christy Marie Gaines, his grandson Curtiss Gaines, and his brothers Donald Otto Curtiss, Jr., and Clarence Ray Curtiss.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, August 17, 2023

1:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

MMS-Payne Funeral Home and Cremation Services-Claremore

102 W 5th St, Claremore, OK 74017

Family will receive visitors from 6pm-8pm.

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Funeral Service

Friday, August 18, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Sequoyah Baptist Church

16451 OK-66, Claremore, OK 74017

Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery

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