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Robert Laurence Curry, 87 year old Mooreland resident, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Alliance Hospital in Woodward. A graveside memorial service will be held at Red Top Cemetery at 10:30 am, Thursday, May 4, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Robert, "Bob" or "Shorty" as he was known was born to Grace Roedell in Quinlan, Oklahoma on June 21, 1929. They lived in Quinlan and he attended 1st grade there. After that, they moved to the farm and he went to Edmonson School through the 7th grade. After moving to his Grandad's farm east of Quinlan, he finished school and graduated from Quinlan High School in 1946. During his junior and senior year at Quinlan, Bob drove the school bus.

In 1948, Bob married his schoolmate, Arla Jo Hicks. They had four children, Bobby Joe, Steven Lynn, Susan Lynette, and Jeff Duane. They moved to Coldwater, Kansas to work on a ranch and while there, Bob was inducted into the Oklahoma 45th Infantry Signal Corp on September 1, 1950. He served in Korea until May 4, 1952.

After being Honorably discharged, the family moved back to Oklahoma and worked on a ranch for Frank Moore Sr. for 18 months. At that time Bob purchased his first dozer and started doing dirt work in Woodward County. He teamed up with a friend and they did dirt work all over the state of Oklahoma.

In 1961, he went to work for the Corps of Engineers building camping grounds at Eufaula Dam. When that project completed, Bob moved to Oklahoma City and spent the next 23 years doing dirt work on industrial construction sites.

In 1992, Bob moved to Mooreland to be close to his mother. He never retired from work. At the time of his death, he was still doing mowing at the gypsum plant in Mooreland and had only recently sold his gravel hauling truck discontinuing that part of his business.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Grace and her husband Cecil Curry. He is survived by sons Bobby Joe of Hollister, Oklahoma, Steven Lynn and wife Nancy of Alva, Florida, and Jeff Duane and wife Pam of Woodward, Oklahoma, and daughter Susan Young and husband Mick of Sharon, Oklahoma and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by half brother Jimmie of Plano, Texas, two half sisters, Darlene of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Leta of Grand Junction, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Red Top Cemetery with the funeral home accepting donations on behalf of the family.

Remembrances made be made online at billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on May 3, 2017
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