Johnnie H. Curtis

Bethalto | Thursday, February 4 2016

Johnnie H. Curtis, 77, passed away at 2:22 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at his residence in Warwick, Maryland.

He was born in Hartford, IL on January 3, 1939, the son of the late John and Ellen Ann "Nellie” (Clifford) Curtis.

On September 9, 1964, he married Sharon Bruntjen in Baltimore, Maryland. She survives.

His career began with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, then serving as Vice President of Intermodal for the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, Chicago, IL and Matlack Trucking, Wilmington, Delaware. He was also a civil engineer for Cecil County MD. He had his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He was a graduate of the executive program from the University of Michigan. He took management theory and practice at the University of Missouri.  He was also a Deacon and Sunday school teacher at the Park Forrest Baptist Church in Chicago.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children Brett (Barbara) Curtis of Quarryville, PA, Dawn (Michael) Wright of Warwick, MD, and Beth (Darrell) Helton of Warwick, MD; six grandchildren Emma, Madelyn, and Sarah Curtis, Jillian and Logan Wright, Savannah Helton and one sister, “Susie” Ellen Ann Hubbard of Bethalto.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Marcella Compagno and Betty Cox.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 10 am to 11 am Monday, February 8, 2016 at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto where funeral service will be at 11 am.

Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto with military rites given by Alton VFW Post 1308.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences and guest book may be found at

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Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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