Aaron T. Curts
May 12, 1997 ‒ September 20, 2014
Aaron Tyler Curts, age 17 of Galena passed away peacefully at home Saturday, September 20, 2014 surrounded by his family.
He was born on May12, 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