Orville B. Curtiss, age 78, died after a short illness on February 24, 2015, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Orv was born on January 31, 1937 in Ballston Spa NY to parents W. Schuyler and Winnie Boyd Curtiss. He graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1955. He enlisted in the Air National Guard on April 4, 1954 and served until February 28, 1993. Orv rose to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, with total service of 39 years with the Stratton Air National Guard Base, 109th Airlift Wing.
Orv was a charter member of the Galway Lions Club and served in various roles, including President, 1st Vice President and Club Secretary. He served on the district level as Zone Chairman and Region Chairman, and held numerous other committee chairmanships. Lion Orv was District Governor of District 20-Y2 1988-89 and was recognized as a Life Member by the Galway Lions Club and was a three-time honoree of the Melvin Jones Fellowship. One of his proudest moments was when he, as District Governor, signed the agreement between District 20-Y2 and the Albany Medical Center creating the Lions Eye Institute. At that time he became the Institute’s first Knight of the Blind.
Orv served the Town of Charlton as Zoning Administrative Officer for seven years, Planning Board member for seven years, and chairman of the Planning Board for six of those years. He was a Trustee for and a member of the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church.
Orv enjoyed flying his entire life and held a private pilot’s license, commercial pilot’s license, flight instructor rating, instrument pilot’s license and a multi-engine rating.
His family and friends will always remember him as an avid and passionate golfer who never stopped chasing that elusive hole in one. Orv recently achieved his goal of writing a collection of personal stories, entitled “My Way,” to share with his family and friends.
Orv is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judith A. (Holbrook) Curtiss, of Charlton, NY, his children Lisa (Jeff) McKenzie of Stillwater NY, Kelly (Len) Martin of Galway NY, Todd (Nancy) Curtiss of Billings MT, and Jill (Joe) Galarneau of Ballston Spa NY; his grandchildren: Allison and Anna McKenzie; Karenna, Hayley, and Brooke Martin; Tia Curtiss; Kyle and Curtis Galarneau; and Amanda Galarneau (Ben) Bowman; and great-grandson, Ryan Bowman. He is also survived by his twin brother Oscar B. Curtiss and brothers and sisters: Charlotte Fick, Jane Mason, Angeline King, Laura Armstrong, Charles Curtiss, and Norman Curtiss. He was preceded in death by his brother William S. Curtiss.
Relatives and friends may call from 1-5pm on Sunday, March 1 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will be held 10am Monday, March 2 at Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, 768 Charlton Road, Charlton. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
The family would like to thank Dr. Courtney Bellomo of NY Oncology Hematology at Albany Medical Center for her compassionate care and Community Hospice of Saratoga and Arlene Lyons for their gentle and kind support during Orv’s illness. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Orv’s memory to the Galway Lions Club, P.O. Box 244 Galway, NY.