Jack F. Curtis, 82, 717 Green Ave., Stevens Point, a retired university professor, died on Monday, May 13, 2013. He had been residing at North Crest Assisted Living Facility for the past year and was under the care of Ministry Hospice.
A Remembrance Reception is planned for June 15 at Michele’s Restaurant from noon until 2 p.m. for friends and family to gather and share memories. A graveside service and burial will take place in Zanesville, Ohio, later this summer.
Donations in his memory can be made to Operation Bootstrap, 5000 Heffron St., Stevens Point, WI 54481.
Boston Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Curtis was born Aug. 18, 1930, in Zanesville, Ohio.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, a master’s degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and attended Pennsylvania State University. He received a doctorate in speech and hearing therapy from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1960.
His teaching career began at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He moved to Stevens Point in 1970 and began teaching in the Communicative Disorders Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he was considered the department’s computer specialist.
Upon his retirement in 1992, he recalled writing successful grants to obtain equipment for a state of the art hearing laboratory and publishing two books.
He had a long association with Krause Publishing in Iola prior to his retirement and began writing “Auction Pulse,” a monthly column monitoring the national art and auction market for Today’s Collector magazine. He also awarded an annual “Are You Nuts? Award” that went to the strangest collectible nominated (fire hydrants, airline sick bags, etc.).
He served on the board of directors for St. Vincent de Paul, Ministry Lifeline and Operation Bootstrap, where he also volunteered. He also served on various city of Stevens Point committees including Safety, Parks and Recreation, Planning and as a poll worker.
He was married Jane Heath (Huber) in 1956. They later divorced but remained friends throughout their lives.
He was married to Joan M. Honl 24 years ago.
Survivors include his wife, Joan M. Honl, Stevens Point; one daughter, Nancy Lynn (John) McIntyre, Orland Hills, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Laura (Greg) Ouimet, Akron, Ohio, and Mary Overzet, Minneapolis, Minn.; and four grandchildren.