Our beloved father, grandfather and friend went to the loving arms of God on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. He was born May 13, 1917, in Strasburg, Ill.
Curtis lived in and around Strasburg until 1943 when he moved out to Phoenix. He worked as a mechanic in Phoenix and the surrounding area until 1951 when he went to work for Ford Motor Company. From 1952 to mid-1953, he bought into the Ford dealership in Wickenburg. He still worked for Ford in Phoenix and would drive back and forth from Wickenburg to Phoenix Monday through Friday.
In 1954, Ford decided to build a proving ground in Yucca. He sold his interest in the dealership in Wickenburg and moved his family to Kingman. He worked for Ford at the proving ground until his retirement in 1980.
Dad was one of the first investors in the Mohave Federal Credit Union. He also was one of the initial members in the first Kiwanis Club to form in Kingman. He was very proud to be a Kiwanian and received his lifetime membership in 1993.
Curtis is survived by his brother, Wilmer (Cathy) Ostermeier of Surprise; his son, David of Kingman; daughter, Sharon (Chuck) Mogavero of Kingman; six grandchildren, Howard (Christy) Ostermeier of Kingman, Trisha Ostermeier of Seattle, Deanna Hughes of Alaska, and Jenna and Joseph Mogavero of Kingman. Curtis has three great-grandchildren, Kylie and Codi Ostermeier of Kingman and Khloe May Duffy of Kingman. Curtis was preceded in death by his mother and father, Charles and Anna Ostermeier, and his beloved wife of 66 years, Beulah Ostermeier.
There will be a memorial service and life celebration at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 6, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3958 N. Bank St., Kingman.
We love and will miss you dearly, Papa, and we know you will be looking over us until we meet again.
Sutton Memorial Funeral Home will handle the cremation. In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial contributions to The Joan and Diana Hospice Home, 812 Airway Ave., Kingman, AZ 86409 or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.