John W. Jack Curry Sr.

November 20, 1927 ‒ September 22, 2008

Delaware, Ohio

John W. Curry, 80, a lifelong resident of Delaware passed away Monday afternoon, September 22nd, at Riverside Hospital after 3 ½ weeks of a courageous battle. He was fondly know as “Jack” to many and “Red” to numerous friends because of his brilliant red, thick Irish hair. He was born on November 20th, 1927 in Delaware to the late Ralph and Elizabeth (Lucille) Sebring Curry and spent his entire life raising his family on the street where he was born. John enlisted in the Army in 1946 and was an honorable discharged WWII veteran. He worked for several years for Delaware City Schools and later became a semi-truck driver who traveled throughout the United States in his many years until retirement. John’s passion was hunting, fishing, coin collecting and cheering on his Cleveland Browns. Jack never missed a game and was known for chanting for the Browns on television. He was a true “die-hard fan”. John was known for his famous “dough ball” fishing bait that he cooked up and carried to the river bank in a brown paper bag. John loved to reminisce about loading up his car years ago with his sons and the neighborhood boys to go fishing. He’d laugh as he told how they’d eat the dough ball on the way to the river with little left to catch fish. He was always willing to share his unique bait but the recipe was for him and his sons only. John’s sons baited many hooks and caught numerous fish with the famous Curry Dough Ball. He was a life member of Eagles and AmVets Post 104. He loved visiting his “ole” buddies at The Hamburger Inn. John leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years, Arcada Curry, who he always referred to as “Kate”. They were married October 11th, 1952. He is also survived by his sons John W. Curry Jr., David A. (Connie) Curry, Heath N. (Brooke) Curry, and daughter Katrina C. Adams, all of Delaware; his red hair lives on through many of his 11 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren with one on the way. Numerous nieces and nephews and special nieces Karen Cunningham, Kathy Hall, Diane Woods, and Cheryl Ann Swisher also survive him. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers Ralph, George, Frank, Jim, and Tom; son-in-law Danny Adams, and son Lonny L. Curry who also passed away September 22nd of 2001. The family will receive friends at Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 W. William St., Delaware on Thursday evening from 4:00 – 8:00 PM where funeral services will be held Friday at 10:00 AM with Pastor William Benner officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Condolences may be expressed at and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 8489 Horseshoe Road, Ashley, OH 43003. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.