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Curtis Ray Justice

December 31, 1938 December 13, 2017
Curtis Ray Justice
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Curtis Ray Justice “Ski-Dad”, 78, passed away December 13, 2017, at his ponderosa (home), surrounded by his family. Born December 31, 1938, to the late Pollie and Ford Walton Justice in Williamson, West Virginia, Curt was one of seven siblings. When he was 16 he joined the Navy, and served his country for two years. Upon returning to West Virginia, he wasn’t content with staying where he was. Always one for adventure (and perpetually ready to go bear hunting with a switch), he left home when he was 21 and set off to find new beginnings and adventure in Kentucky. He found that adventure in the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, standing under a red maple tree, in Flax Patch, Kentucky: Dorothy Parks. They quickly fell in love, and were soon engaged. Before they could make their “I-do’s” official, Curt was involved in an automobile accident that nearly took his life. Despite being in a coma for almost two months, he recovered and was determined to walk down the aisle, get back to work, and provide for his fiance and future family. Despite his injuries, Curt was never one to grumble about his circumstances. In fact, whenever asked how he was doing, he would often reply, “Can’t complain. And it wouldn’t do me any good if I did!” Finally, on June 16, 1960, Curt became Dorothy’s “Ski-Dad” and she became his “Slick.” It was the beginning of a beautiful life.

In Curt and Dorothy’s 57 years together, they raised three children: “Big Dude” (David Justice), “Little Dude” (Rhonda Grinstead-Kinder), and “Tinesey Winesy” (Rausa Moutardier). Those children gave them their grandchildren: “Tootie” (Heather Helmburg), “Champ” (David Grinstead), “Cricket” (Autumn Marshall), Aaron Grinstead, Kyle Kinder, Jonathon Kinder, “Sunshine” (Amanda Justice), and Arvil Hubbard. Those grandchildren gave them their great-grandchildren: “Chip” (Nicholas Helmburg), “Junebug” (Embry Marshall), “Skip” (Ryker Marshall), and “Pippy” (Misty Hurst).

When he wasn’t with his family, you could find Curt hard at work. He was employed at IBM for 25 years, before retiring in 1993. Even in retirement, Curt got the itch to work - and often brought jokes and food to people delivering for Mancino’s.

Curt could not have been prouder of the wife and family that he leaves behind. Although he is no longer with them physically, he leaves behind many cherished memories: He loved to swing and sing “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.” He always carried a pocket knife with him, and taught his children and grandchildren how to pick out a perfect piece of wood for whittling. Despite his small stature, he never lost a race at his grandchildren’s insistence (they weren’t sure how someone so small could move so fast). He loved to eat sweets, sleep, watch (and cheer on) the UK Wildcats, play cards, visit the flea market, boogaloo, listen to coonhounds baying, and talk to anyone and everyone. You see, Curt never knew a stranger - and if he met one - they would leave having made a new friend. To Curt, there was nothing better than a good joke and spending time with his wife and family. He told of his love for them until the very end, and was able to keep his feisty spirit - despite his battle with Alzheimer’s. He was one of a kind - and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Richard Grinstead.

In addition to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, he is survived by his sister, Glenita Booten; his road-runner and (if you ask her) favorite sister-in-law, Phyllis Embry; his son-in-laws, Doug Moutardier and Doug Kinder; his daughter-in-law, Gloria Justice; and his grandson-in-law, Christopher Marshall.

Curt was a member of Smithsboro Baptist Church. Services will be held Wednesday, December 20th, at Tucker Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home in Georgetown, KY. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Service will be at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Cynthiana chapter.


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1:00 PM 12/20/2017 1:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 12/20/2017 4:00:00 PM
Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home

320 West Main Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home
320 West Main Street Georgetown 40324 KY
United States

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Wednesday

20

Dec

4:00 PM 12/20/2017 4:00:00 PM
Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home

320 West Main Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home
320 West Main Street Georgetown 40324 KY
United States
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