The funeral was held Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Salem Mennonite Church of rural Freeman. Pastor George O'Reilly officiated with music provided by Sharla Unruh, organist and the Salem Mennonite Men's Chorus.
Interment was at Salem Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Curtis was born to Emil and Frances Preheim on June 12, 1924 on the family farm. He grew up south of Freeman on Maple Leaf Farm and attended Valley District #7 country school for eight years. In 1942 he graduated from Freeman Academy.
Through his mother, Curtis received Christ as his Savior and was baptized Nov. 9, 1939. He was active in the Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman, where he served as deacon, sang in choirs and taught Sunday school. He also worked with the MCC Relief Sale, Mennonite Disaster Service, Lions Club and Gideons. Sharing his faith with others, especially those around him who were hurting, was his passion.
Curtis married Ruth Regier Nov. 26, 1954 in Madrid, Neb. They farmed by Marion, S.D., then moved to a farm south of Freeman. They were blessed with five children, Charlene, Tyrone, Arlan, Donna and Jane. In 1994 they moved into Freeman and he continued farming part time with his son and grandsons for several more years. He and Ruth baked kuchen and poppyseed rolls for many years. On March 25, 2011, he entered the Tieszen Memorial Home and was moved to Oakview Terrace, Freeman, on May 3.
He enjoyed cars, photography, writing, being with family and visiting with friends and strangers. He also had a gift for remembering numbers and calendar dates. Many of his childhood memories, adult reminisces and spiritual convictions were written in story form by him and compiled into books for us to enjoy for the years to come.
Preceding him in death were his parents and brother, Howard.
Those grateful for sharing in his life include his wife, Ruth; his children: Charlene (Alan) Friesen, Sioux Falls, S.D., Tyrone (Carolyn) Freeman, Arlan (Dori), Lancaster, Pa., Donna (John) Beier of Cherokee, Jane (Mike) Mahoney, Menomonie, Wis.; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Bernice (Herman) Stucky, Freeman, and sister-in-law Donna Preheim, Freeman.