Charles Lance Curtis

July 22, 1938 ‒ January 29, 2021

Waldo, Ohio

Charles Lance Curtis, age 82, passed away on January 29, 2021.

Lance was born on July 22, 1938 in Marion Ohio to the late Charles Francis “Bob” Curtis and Evelyn Eileen (Bishop) Lichty. He graduated from Harding High School class of 1956 and was a lifelong resident of Marion County.

Lance, a life-long Catholic, grew up in Oakland Heights in the 40’s and 50’s creating lasting memories and friends that he would always cherish. Lance started working at Whirlpool in 1956 and dedicated 48 years of his career before retiring. Lance never really retired but instead continued dedicating his life to helping the community particularly St. Mary church where he dedicated countless hours to the Knights of Columbus and St Vincent de Paul Society of Marion. Lance managed the St Vincent de Paul clothing store and food pantry for several years where he enjoyed helping so many people in need. Lance achieved the highest honor as a member of the Knights of Columbus being a fourth degree member, Sir Knight and was a past Faithful Navigator. Lance’s caring attitude is what truly defined him and everyone knew he would never say no to a call for help.

On November 21, 1993 he was united in marriage to Patricia A. Miller. He is survived by his wife and children: son Lance Dean (Rachael) Curtis of Tennessee; daughter Kimberliegh Lynne (Curtis) French of Florida; step children Theresa (Jack) Keefe of Michigan; Terrill (Angie) Miller of Ohio; Tim (Jen) Miller of Ohio; Anna (Jim) Deprey of Ohio; Ted (Jennifer) Miller of Ohio; sister Carolyn Kay “Cathy” McKim of California; sister-in-law Darlene Matsumoto of Washington; sister-in-law MSgt. Susan Larsen (Clarke Gentry), USAR Ret, of California; brother-in-law Capt. Lawrence (Carol Crites) Russell, US Army, Ret., Nevada; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Grandchildren: Brooke (Bryan) Hoie and Amy Young of Florida. Nicholas Curtis, Aaron Curtis, Wesley (Shannon) Curtis, Jase Patrick of Tennessee and Vincent Curtis (Samantha) of Texas. Dr. Renee Keefe, Evon, Nathon, and Lydia Deprey, Carson and Cooper Miller, Kallie (Chris) Dzubaks of Ohio; Patrick Keefe of Arizona; and Trevor (Stephanie) Miller of North Carolina; Taylor (Cory) White; Colt Tanner. Great Grandchildren: Ryleigh and Alex Hoie of Florida; Kameron, Zackary, and Cole Young of Ohio; Kellen Young of Florida; Heidi and Layla and Owen Curtis of Tennessee; Graham and Lila White; Symon Dzubak of Ohio.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary Parish Church, Marion on February 2, 2021, 10:30 am and can be viewed at  Father Kyle Tennant will preside and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lance’s honor to St. Mary Church, Marion or St. Vincent de Paul of Marion.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve Lance’s family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • Prayers to the family. Lance was a sweetheart! I enjoyed working around him for many years. May God bring peace as only He can do.

  • Pat, prayers and condolences to you and your family. I enjoyed working with Lance throughout the years. May God rest his soul and let perpetual light shine upon him.

  • Pat and Family, Ted and I are so sorry about Lance’s death. He showed us all how a Christian should live and was one of the kindest people we have ever met. I enjoyed working with him at St. V’s over the years. His love for people and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Hope to see you on Tuesday.

  • Pat, so very sorry to hear of Lance’s passing. I have known Lance since we were both about 6 years old. He was a true friend and co worker. May God Bless him and your family.
    Don & Barb

  • So sorry to here about Lance. I always liked working with him at Whirlpool. He will be missed by all who new him.

  • Kim, so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I remember him as being a very kind person. Prayers to You and Your Loved Ones.

  • Pat and family, I was so sorry to hear of Curtis’s passing. He always had a smile and was such a help at Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent’s. May God welcome him into heaven with open arms.

  • My heart is broken by the loss of one of the greatest men I have known!! I loved him!! Love my second family!! My heart is with you all as you grieve! Prayers for peace and sweet memories to fill you!!

  • Every time there was Adoration at Church – Lance was there (at least the times I attended). He was a true brother among our “That Man is You” gatherings on Saturday mornings. His insight and knowledge was highly welcomed. I also worked with him at Whirlpool – a great man in many respects. It was evident that he loved his family at home and at church. I will remember Lance in my prayers.

  • I work with Kim 4 days a week. I have never seen anyone who loved their dad more. Knowing this, it was a pleasure to fill in for her for the two weeks that she took off to spend time with him each year.
    Only one thing though: She was supposed to bring him by so that I could meet him. She didn’t show up. I figure it was because of one of two reasons
    One, she was afraid of what I would tell him about her. Or, two, she knew time with him was too precious to waste on a little nobody like me. I believe the latter. I don’t blame her. I just hate I missed meeting this gentleman.
    Kim, just remember that grief moves at its own pace, but at a different pace for each of us. God bless

  • John and I are so very sorry for your loss of such a great gentleman. Our Grandmother’s were sister,when we were younger and the families would get together we girls could not wait to see Lance,he was so nice and ever so good looking. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow for all of you . RIP Lance


  • Jim and I knew Lance from our childhood neighborhood in Oakland Heights. May love surround the Curtis Family. Judi Jay and Jim Fate.

  • My condolences to all the family. The loss of a family member is a huge loss. Prayers to God to give each one peace & comfort.🙏

  • What a fine example of a Catholic man did he embody he taught me much in the short time I knew him I will always remember how he would call me Ronald and working with him through the Knights and St Vinnies as he would say we’ll miss you man my the perpetual light of Jesus be with you always good bye brother knight

  • I met Lance when we were both Y-Men’s Service Club Members. Very hard working man who was easy to talk too and always willing to help. My condolences to his family. Great guy.

  • I can not say enough wonderful things about Lance. He was always thoughtful and concerned for others. I had the pleasure of working with him at the Knights of Columbus Fish Fries as well as helped him when we remodeled St. Vincent De Paul.

  • We were so sorry to hear of Lance’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you Pat and your family. Lance was always available to help anyone in need. God Bless!

  • Lance was. Always willing to help others in anyway he could. We worked together for many years at Whirlpool. In conversations with him he was always talking about his family and was very willing to assist others in anyway he could. Lance was always talking about his family and related how very proud he was of them. Rest well my dear friend and I shall see you on the other side.

  • I was saddened to hear about Lances passing. I worked with him at Whirlpool and he gave me a lot of good fatherly advice. My wife Marita and I were fortunate enough to be invited to several fall chili cookouts to spend time with Lance and Pat and the family. Lance always made the person he was talking to feel like they were truly important to him. I thank God for having the opportunity to meet and spend time with Lance.

    Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Lance was a perfect example of how to live a Christian life and one of the nicest men I have ever met in my entire life!

  • I remember him from Oakland Heights when he would visit my older brothers ,although I was a couple years younger than Lance. Many years later I was reacquainted with him through the K of C, the Church and St. Vincent’s , I would say He was one of the best people I knew, and I know that he will be remembered for his dedication to the church for a long time.

  • Kim and Lance, Just found out about your dad….So very Sorry….I always thought he was such a nice guy…Thoughts and Prayers for all of you.

  • Pat and all the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless this truly great man. He will be greatly missed. What a wonderful example of a Christian brother we should all strive to follow.