In Memory of
Eugene Gordon Curtis
April 19, 1932 -
May 14, 2019
Eugene Gordon Curtis (Gene) passed away peacefully on May 14, 2019 at his home in Cape Coral, FL at the age of 87. Gene was born on April 19, 1932 in Cuba City, WI. His family moved to Beloit, WI where he graduated from high school in 1950. In 1951 Gene enlisted in the Armed Forces. While serving in the Air Force he married Nancy Mason in 1952. Gene was honorably discharged in 1955, then attended the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and graduated in 1959 with a degree in Conservation.
Gene and his family moved back to Beloit where he began his career in the sales department for Beloit Corporation, an international paper machine manufacturing company. In 1981 Gene married Norma Rogers. He retired in 1988 and they relocated to the Eagle River, WI area to begin his lifelong dream of becoming a professional fishing guide. Gene developed a new musky lure that revolutionized jig fishing for muskies - the "Curtis Creature". He was highly successful in this new endeavor appearing in numerous magazines and books as well as giving seminars to various fishing clubs. They relocated to Cape Coral, FL, where Gene enjoyed saltwater fishing and pursued another love ... golf. He achieved every golfers dream ... a hole in one April 13, 2007.
Gene is survived by his loving wife Norma, daughter Cindy (Steve) Carroll, son Todd (Lisa) Curtis, stepdaughter Cheryl (Brad) Bishop, stepson James Rogers, nine grandchildren, Chad (Angela) Bishop, Ehin (Brandie) Bishop, Adam (Amber) Bishop, Kaitlyn (Zac) Anderson, Kyle Popovics, Lauren Rogers, Jenna Rogers, Jaret Curtis and Cade Curtis. Gene is also survived by his brother, Ron (Mary Jane) Curtis, sister Karen Yaeger, sister-in-law Carole Curtis and stepfather Roger Zastrow, along with 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and many close, dear friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bill Curtis and brother-in-law Glen Yaeger.
Family and friends will gather Sunday, July 28th at the Thirsty Badger on Prairie Avenue in Beloit Wisconsin from 2 to 6 p.m. to celebrate his life.