Robert Lee Curry passed away April 23, 2020, after a short battle with lung cancer. He died at home surrounded by his family. Services will be scheduled for early August.
Bob was born Aug. 3, 1948, to Leonard and Arietta (Trent) Curry. He was raised on a farm near Williamsburg with three brothers and a sister. Bob attended Williamsburg Community Schools. In high school, he discovered two of his great loves, wrestling and Susan Flanagan.
Bob and Sue were married on Dec. 10, 1966, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Williamsburg, where Bob later served on the parish council. Within a few years, they purchased a small home three miles east of Williamsburg, settled in and raised four children.
Through the years, Bob became a masterful mason and successful businessman. He owned and operated Curry Masonry for 25 years. Throughout the years, he applied his pursuit of perfection not only to his craft, but to building lifelong relationships.
Bob was blessed with a quick wit and athletic ability. He was a state qualifier twice in wrestling, placing third in 1965, his junior year. Bob won the championship in the World Horseshoe Tournament in 2010. He was driven to be the best. With that said, whether he was beating you in cards, pingpong or pool, his good humor and kindness had you looking forward to your next loss to him.
What Bob will be remembered for the most is the amazing way he took care of his family and friends. He could be relied on to help with a huge project, to give you words of encouragement, or to simply lay his hand on your shoulder and gently move you forward. We know we are not mourning alone.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UIHC staff and Iowa City Hospice.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers and partners-in-business-and-shenanigans, Dave and Ken Curry; his sister-in-law, Marilyn Curry Dolder; and his beloved nephew, Sam Curry.
Those left to carry on include his wife of 53 years, Sue Curry; his daughter, Brenda Martzke and her husband, Celon, with their kids, Isaac, Aaron and Miriam; his daughter, Aileen Curry and Steve Harney, and their children, Jake, Kelsey and Lindsey Harney; his daughter, Michelle Bacon Curry and her children, Jack, Joe and Bobby Bacon; his son, Aaron, and his wife, Hanorah, and their children, Clark, Charles and Peter; his sister, Shirley Schmidt, and her husband, Vern; his brother, Tom Curry, and his wife, Maggie; sister-in-law, Carol Curry; his brother-in-law, Harry Dolder; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. To share a thought, memory or condolence, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.