Charles F. Curtiss, M.D.
December 09, 1920 ‒ November 26, 2010
BELLVILLE: “When by work and demeanor he allays unnecessary fear, by logic dispels erroneous beliefs, and by every act, word, and bit of human (interaction) reinforces man’s belief in man, the physician’s gift is peace of mind; then he is a good modern doctor” (A Physician’s Creed). As decades passed Charles F. Curtiss cared for and treated patients, friends, and fellow community patrons of the Clear Fork Valley. While his services spanned generations Dr. Curtiss’ care as general practitioner never wavered. Now in the care of the ultimate physician-Jesus Christ Charles F. Curtiss, M.D. of Bellville passed away Friday morning November 26, 2010 in Country Meadow Care Center just shy of his 90th birthday.
The son of a physican, Charles was born to be a doctor on December 9, 1920 in Uhrichsville, Ohio the son of Dr. W.W.H. Curtiss and Martha (Hildreth) Curtiss. He was graduated from Dennison High School, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University. In efforts to support World War II, he took accelerated courses and graduated in 1944 from The Ohio State University’s School of Medicine. He completed his internship at King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, and then served 18 months in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, nine of which were served overseas in the Philippines.
On September 4, 1943 he married a former college classmate, Jean Anderson, whom he met in undergraduate school. Doc and Jean settled in Bellville in 1947 though he could have chosen anywhere following his Army service. They both believed that the small village of Bellville was an ideal place to live and raise their family.
He was the sole doctor in Bellville for many years, serving the village and surrounding areas for 40 years. It is unknown the number of patients he treated, but when he stopped practicing obstetrics in 1972 he was delivering an average of 50 babies a year. It was not uncommon for Dr. Curtiss to have treated three generations of a single family. He has served as past president of the Richland County Medical Society, member of The Ohio State Medical Society and a member of the Acadamy of Family Practice. He and Jean were also members of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Visiting Nurses Association of North Central Ohio.
Small town life did not end with the workday for Dr. Curtiss, as he was very active in his community. He served several years on the Clear Fork School Board, and as the president of the organization. One special honor as a board member in 1966 was handing diplomas to six seniors, whom he delivered his first year in Bellville.
He served on the Chamber of Commerce and was a past president of the organization.
He and Jean were also volunteers of scouting. Doc was chairman of the local Boy Scout Troop committee and often spent numerous vacations accompanying them on trips to the mountains and other areas of the country.
Dr. Curtiss was also a member of the Bellville Presbyterian Church where he served as an ordained Elder, and was a trustee of the church and was active in the choir.
Music was an important part of Dr. Curtiss’ life and a love he shared with his wife. He was a member of the Bellville-Butler Music Club and was also involved with the Mansfield Madrigal Singers.
He was also a member of the Bellville Shade Tree Commission, and was honored to be inducted into the Clear Fork Valley Athletic Hall of Fame in December.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Carl Curtiss, M.D. and Linda Curtiss of Durango, CO, daughter Gretchen Curtiss of Bellville, daughter and son-in-law Christine and Budd Meyer of Bellville, daughter and son-in-law Gwen and Steve Arbaugh of Mansfield; seven grandchildren Michelle, Carrie, Daniel, Kiley, Ariel, Adrienne and Megan; two great grandchildren Wyatt and Reese, nieces, nephews and numerous extended family.
His wife Jean Curtiss preceded him in death on January 3, 1998. He was also preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.
A memorial service celebrating Dr. C.F. Curtiss will be held Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 1pm in Bellville Presbyterian Church, with military honors performed by American Legion Post # 535. The Rev. Karin Wright will officiate. The family will receive friends in the church following the service. Interment will be at a later date in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Dr. Curtiss’ memory may be made to MedCentral Hospice.
The Curtiss family selected Bellville Snyder Funeral Home for services and private online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com