Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Richard Arthur Curtis

The Rev. Richard A. Curtis was born in Marion, Indiana, on 17 January 1917, the son of Perry R. and Edna (Dolan) Curtis. He married Loretta Knox in Grant County, Indiana, on 17 June 1939. Curtis was introduced to the Episcopal Church in 1945 at Gethsemane Church in Marion by its then-rector, the Rev. William Sheridan. He became a devoted churchman and read for orders under Bishop Mallett, who ordained him to the priesthood in Marion in 1956. He began his career serving the missions of St. Paul's in Gas City and St. Mary's in Delphi from 1956 to 1960. Then he came on the staff of the Cathedral of St. James, being named its first Canon Pastor in 1963. He remained there until 1971, when he moved to Howe, Indiana, to become chaplain of Howe Military Academy. He suffered from cancer of the kidneys, however, and died in Lagrange, Indiana, on 21 September 1973 at the age of only 56. He was buried in Grant Memorial Cemetery in Marion.


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