E. Eugene Curry

E. Eugene CurryEarl Eugene Curry died March 21,2017, at Bella Sera. He was 91.

Eugene was born Feb. 26, 1926, to Emmett and Mabel Curry in LaJunta, Colo. He was 2 years old when he, older brother, Leo, and parents moved to Southern California.

He graduated from Escondido High School in 1944 and entered the Navy in July of that year. After serving in the Philippines, he was honorably discharged in 1946. The Naval training and service became the focus of his college education. He began his college career at Palomar College, A.A. 1948, moved on to the University of Redlands, BS, 1950. That September he began to work at NOTS, China Lake, CA. Because of on-and-off campus college classes he was able to complete work on a MS at UCLA in 1965.

To further his career he chose to take a desk job in the Washington D.C. offices. So he packed up his boat and traveled across the country, settling in MD. He continued his interest in folk dancing where he met his future wife, Verna J. Shedd, a schoolteacher. He continued to work in the Washington, D.C. until his retirement in March, 1983. It was his great desire to return to the southwest. At this he became very involved with the care of his father. By 1985 plans were in place to return to Ridgecrest, buy land to accommodate his love of gardening, and build a house.

Other interests in his life were two trips to Alaska, a trip to Nova Scotia, and many trips to the mid-west to visit family.

Eugene is survived by his wife Verna of Ridgecrest; brother Leo of Douglas, Wyo.; brothers- and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held April 3 at 2 p.m. at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. Interment will be preceded by a viewing at Holland & Lyons Mortuary from 9-10:30 a.m. A reception will be held at Christ the King Anglican Church Ministry Center, 130 China Lake Blvd., at 4:30 p.m.

– Submitted by the family of Eugene Curry

Story First Published: 2017-03-31