Keppel Hobart Curtis of Jamesville, NY, died at home on June 10, 2012 at the age of 94. He was the eldest son of six children born to Hobart Otto and Charlotte Lorena Kenyon Curtis. Keppel was born at home on his grandparents’, Jay and Mary Elizabeth Armour Curtis, dairy farm on North Street in Morrisville, NY in the Town of Eaton, in Madison County. He attended school in Morrisville and Madison, NY.
Keppel worked as a farm hand for his father for several years. He drove truck for 6 years, delivering cattle and cabbage to Jersey City Stockyards and New York City markets. He worked on helping to build the Eaton School and also for a short time at Fulton Chocolate Works. He purchased his grandparents’ farm in 1945 and ran the farm for 8 years before selling it and purchasing a 222 acre dairy farm in 1953 on Eager Rd., La Fayette, NY. He ran the La Fayette farm with the help of his wife and 8 children for 13 years and sold it in 1966 after the death of his first wife, Geraldine. He moved to Jamesville in November 1966.
After short term employment at GE and Oberdorfer Foundry, Keppel went to work for Allied Chemical at the Jamesville Quarry in 1967 and later at the Solvay Process Plant location, working a total of 19 years for Allied Signal. He retired in 1986 at the age of 68 when the plant closed.
Keppel married Geraldine Constance House of Fulton, NY on March 7, 1942. They had 8 children together. After Geraldine’s death on July 13, 1966, Keppel married Patricia Haskins on February 27, 1972 and raised two step-children Dana and Scott Haskins. Keppel and Patricia divorced amicably in 1992. Keppel’s best friend and companion of many wonderful memories has been Dawne Finn of Canastota NY for the last 20 years. Dawne passed away December 2, 2011.
Keppel was predeceased by his eldest son, Thomas Jay Curtis, Sr. on December 23, 2000; his sisters, Lillian Lorena Curtis Hulette of North Syracuse, NY, and Sharon Rose Curtis Cavallo of Syracuse, NY; his brothers, Jay Raymond Curtis of West Eaton, NY and Hubert Harry Curtis of Eaton, NY; his sisters-in-law, Frances House Curtis, Gladys House Knight, Gertrude Beatrice (Betty) House Greene; brothers-in-law, Oris Ronald House, Richard A. House, Robert Hulette, Austin Sawyer and Ralph Cavallo. He was also predeceased by his great-granddaughter, Alexandra Mae Featherly, and great-grandsons, Riley Curtis and Robert Alan Gould.
Keppel is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Terry M. and Carolyn Curtis of Canastota, NY; William A. and Dianne Curtis of Bartow, FL; Charles E. and Judy Curtis of Apulia Station, NY; Paul A. and Patricia Curtis of La Fayette, NY; Karl E. and Linda Curtis of Manlius; daughter-in-law, Margaret L. Curtis of La Fayette, NY; his daughters, Sarah E. Curtis of Jamesville, NY and Barbara J. Curtis Gould of Oneida, NY; stepsons Dana (Marissa) Haskins of Chickasha, OK; Scott (Roberta) Haskins of Duncan, OK. He is also survived by 41 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Lorena Maebell Curtis Sawyer, of Morrisville, NY; sister-in-law, Frances Parteko Curtis of Eaton, NY and many nieces and nephews.
Keppel was a life long avid reader. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Madison County or the Onondaga County Public Library systems; or to Hospice of Central NY, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, NY 13088.
Friends are invited to call from Noon to 1pm on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 31 Cedar St., Morrisville, with the service immediately following. Interment will be private in the Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton, NY.