Aaron T. Curts

May 12, 1997 ‒ September 20, 2014

Galena, Ohio


Aaron Tyler Curts, age 17 of Galena passed away peacefully at home Saturday, September 20, 2014 surrounded by his family.

He was born on May​12, 1997 in Westerville to James A. and Laurie J. (Cialkowski) Curts.  Aaron led his family in fighting a lifelong battle against neurological complications. Despite those disadvantages, Aaron had a remarkable impact on those who touched his life. His positive nature radiant (so much so, his nickname was Mr. Golden Sunshine).

Aaron had to fight fiercely almost every day of his life, but balanced it beautifully with a peace that was contagious. People loved Aaron, and Aaron loved people. He was very social in his own unique way. He loved to be with people and enjoyed their attention. He was partial to children and took real pleasure in being with them.

Aaron was non-verbal, but had no difficulty communicating – especially spiritual wisdom and truth. Aaron was a member of Northchurch, and his spirit was his strength. His sensitivity and discernment positioned him to minister effectively to people he came in contact with. God used Aaron to change people.

Aaron carried the same “love of sports” gene that all Curts males carry and shared a special love for the Ohio State Buckeyes with his brothers. Aaron loved his brothers and would get excited just to hear their footsteps. Their bond grew as Drew and Evan helped with Aaron’s care.

Aaron handled his disadvantages without complaint. He faced daunting and difficult therapy his entire life, but was always fully engaged with tireless and courageous effort.      He loved every opportunity to be a part of family activities. His interaction was positive and often ornery. Aaron loved music (especially Taylor Swift), riding on the ATV, and all animals including birds at his window bird feeder.

Aaron remained at peace through his storms, and held contentment when it wasn’t warranted. Aaron was an overcomer through it all, and leaves a legacy like few others.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents Jim and Laurie, brothers Andrew and Evan, grandparents Joyce Cialkowski of South Holland, IL, Jim and Janice Curts of Mt. Gilead, numerous aunts, uncles, and extended family who adored him, as well as faithful canine Leo.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Edward Cialkowski in 2012, and his beloved dog Buck.

Friends may call 1:30 – 3:30 p.m Friday at the Vineyard Church of Delaware County, 1001 W. Cherry St (SR 36/37), Sunbury  where Pastor Adam Bradshaw of the Northchurch will officiate, services will follow at 3:30 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.

The Curts family would like to thank the many home caregivers and Nationwide Children’s Hospital for their care throughout Aaron’s journey.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of/in tribute of Aaron Curts for Neuromuscular Research to Nationwide Children’s at: www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Jim & Family:
    So very sorry to hear about Aaron. Your memories will be blessings in the upcoming months, cherish them. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • It is said that when you cry, you cry alone but that isn’t true.
    The sadness you are feeling is felt by all those whose lives Aaron touched.
    Our loss here on earth, is the Lord’s gain in heaven.
    May you find comfort in knowing that you’re not alone.

    Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Philippians 1:21 – For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.

  • Dear Jim and Lori and boys,
    I think of all the blessings Aaron was to so many ! Aaron touched so many lives. Your family support and love was a witness to a Kingdom far greater than mankind can undertand.
    So many of us are now saying ” Goodbye for now” to Aaron. And soooo many others are now saying ” Hello Aaron…. We have been waiting for you !”
    I KNEW The Lord would heal Aaron completely someday !
    I am so blessed by your family’s example….Aaron was ” my hero”.
    Jim and the boys.

  • God could not have given Aaron a better home or a more wonderful family, you gave him so much love. A special child for a very special family, many prayers for you all. Love Jim, Sherry and Jeff

  • Jim and Laurie,

    Aaron was a special young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Peggy McMurry

  • Dear Jim and Family,

    My thoughts are with all of you. Aaron was blessed to be part of such a caring and loving family. I’m sure he will live on in your thoughts, influence your actions and shape each of you into who you are and will become.


  • Jim/Laurie,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. I pray that God gives you all strength during this difficult time.

    Fred Safahi

  • RIP Aaron, You will be greatly missed here on earth, but I know there is another special boy awaiting you in heaven. Go soar with all the angels and cause some ruckus with Sammy too 🙂

  • It has been a privilege to have known and worked with Aaron. His silent wisdom and warm friendship will stay with me for the rest of my life. From my family to yours, Laurie, Jim, Evan and Drew, our heartfelt condolence. Prayer bouquets and masses will be offered for his peaceful entrance into heaven. May God comfort you in this time of great loss.

  • Heaven has opened its doors for a most special angel! Aaron touched my life and I will forever be grateful to have know him, if only a short time. I send prayers to his wonderful family. Laurie, I remember how he would smile the moment he heard you coming down the hall, or in his room. He was lucky to have such a loving mother! God Bless.

  • Dear Curts Family,

    Our deepest condolences to your family. May God give you strength and peace during this most difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

    Catherine Iannuzzi and Leo Clouser

  • Jim, Laurie, Drew and Evan,
    Our hearts are aching for you in this time of sorrow. Praying for God’s peace and comfort as memories of Aaron continue to shine light in your hearts.
    Mike, Cheri, Mark, Joey and Sam Nelson

  • Jim and Laurie – our sincere condolences to you and the boys. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jeff, Twila, Haley, Nadia, Addie, Zoe Kolda

  • My heart goes out to your family in the loss of such a precious life. May God be with your family.

  • What a testimony your whole family has been to so many. It’s hard to say goodbye and my heart hurts for you. I am sorry I am not able to attend the ceremony, but will continue to lift you up in prayer during this difficult time. Laurie, I can’t begin to tell you how your faith, grace and beautiful peace has been a witness of God’s intention of motherhood. You are all amazing! Our deepest condolences! Kathy, Mike, Kevin, Jon and Jenn

  • Laurie, Jim,Drew and Evan
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you feel God’s loving arms around you during the days ahead. May the memories of Aaron calm your heart and give you comfort and healing.
    Yours in Christ
    Loretta and John Sibley

  • Jim and Laurie,
    There are no words that can help ease your pain right now and I can’t begin to imagine your loss. But my thoughts and prayers are with you, the boys and the rest of your family and friends as you remember the blessings Aaron brought to you and so many others.

  • Dear Aaron;

    You are an angel who has gone home. Please watch over Mom, Dad, Drew & Evan.

    Jim, Laura, Drew & Evan;

    Please accept our condolences from Ayla, Tara, Mina, & myself.



  • Jim, Laurie, Evan, and Drew,

    Very sorry to hear of Aaron’s passing. I always loved how the boys on the Warhawks baseball team gravitated to him at the ballfield. He inspired us all.

    God bless,
    John Macias & family

  • Our sincere condolences on the losst of Aaron! Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hoping the many wonderful memories you have of Aaron will provide you comfort in your time of sorrow.


    Marc, Tracy and Adam Dobner

  • Jim, Laurie, boys and family,

    Perfect healing is being in the presence of the Lord God Almighty. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. May the Lord grant you His Perfect Peace and Comfort as you face the days ahead. We never want to see our children leave this earth before us, but remember this is not goodbye but only “See you Soon!” Love and prayers,

    Brian, Pat Mosher and boys.

  • Precious family of sweet Aaron. I am richer for having know Aaron. Thank you for sharing. Feel the presence of our Blessed Comforter in you time of reflection and grief.
    Love and prayers for each of you,

  • Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel at the loss of your precious son. He was in our prayers for so long. God has him now and his peace continues.

  • Jim,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    I am truly sorry for your loss.

    May God bless the Curts family.


  • I never met Aaron but I know his Grandparents Janice and Jim Curts and they are good people .My prayers go out to the family. His Aunt Carla showed me kindness years ago. I am glad I know these people.

  • Dear Curts family,
    We were not blessed with ever meeting Aaron,but we dearly love his grandparents Jim and Janice. I was so touched by his obituary and by the love that shines through every word. It would be easy for the world to question why Aaron was born, but when you read about the love and compassion that he brought out in people, you realize that he was sent on mission and completed it well. May the perfect peace of God wrap all of you in his arms and fill the big void that is going to be left in your hearts until you see him again–racing around heaven!

    With love, Brad and Dina Snow

  • Our deepest sympathy to the family. He was a blessing sent to very special parents. An angel on earth. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Jim and Laurie,

    So sorry for your loss. It sounds like Aaron was a remarkable child that was raised by remarkable parents and awesome older brothers. God gives us blessings to learn from and grow from, I think Aaron was one of those blessing for your family. He is one of God’s angels now and I think he’ll continue to be one of God’s blessings in heaven and on earth.

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Dear Jim, Laurie and family,

    Although we mourn your loss; we also celebrate Aaron’s gain. As the Apostle Paul, a man taken to the third heaven, tells us:

    For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Phil 1:21-24

    We know Aaron now walks and talks to our beloved Savior. He is asking all the questions, and receiving all the answers that we still seek to know. Now may the Holy Spirit comfort your family like no other can.

    Our prayers are with you.

    Rod and Maggie Hoskins

  • Jim, Laurie and sons,
    We are thinking and praying for you as you navigate this challenging time. Peace,
    Linda & J Jonard and sons

  • Jim, Laurie, Evan & Drew, So sorry for your loss. You all have many stars in your crown for the genuine love that you showered upon Aaron for all these years. God knew what he was doing when he gave you as Aaron’s family. We pray for healing, comfort and strength as you go through the rest of your lives, and knowing one day you will be together again in a perfect place. I am honored to have helped in a small way in your hours of need. Love Dave & Nan

  • Dear Jim, Laurie and Family:
    I didn’t know your precious son, but after reading about him and his joy and passion for life, I feel like I do. What a witness of the Lord’s love, joy and peace he has been to all who knew him. Your love and care for him has been as if Jesus himself were right there in your home. May the Lord grant you comfort and peace as you hold on to sweet memories and lessons learned from Aaron. I will continue to lift your family up in prayer as you mourn your precious son. God bless you all.

    Brenda (McChesney) Harvey