George Allen Curren I
Longtime Alaskan and Nikiski resident George Allen Curren I died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, at his home surrounded by family. He was 70.
At his request, a celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Lighthouse Community Church on the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. Pastor Denver Copeland will officiate. A reception will follow at the Fellowship Hall at the church.
Mr. Curren was born Sept. 4, 1935, in Los Angeles. He received his bachelor's degree in education and continued to take more courses after he received his degree.
He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War era from 1952 to 1959. He moved to Alaska in 1974 and was an elementary school teacher for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the villages of Emmonak and Alakanuk.
He retired in 1993 from the Lower Yukon School District and later moved to Nikiski, where he was a member of the Lighthouse Community Church.
"George knew no strangers and lived his dream of teaching both academic and spiritual guidance. He shared his life with his one and only true love and together they adventured. As in life, he will lead his family into heaven. While he will be missed, his values will never be forgotten. He also provided compassion and direction to many confused adolescents. He enjoyed discipling for Christ, the outdoors and teaching young people. After retiring, he continued volunteering as a tutor," his family said.
Mr. Curren was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Nina Curren; uncle, Walter Curren; and son, Louie.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kitty Curren of Nikiski; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Doug Sneath of Ponca City, Okla.; Sandy and Bruce Bertini of Anchorage and Teri and Allen Stickler of Nikiski; sons, George Allen Curren II of Yelm, Wash., and Edward Curren of Bethel; grandchildren, Kara Guss and husband, Kelly, of Ponca City, Renee Kelly of Anchorage, John Allen Curren-Hanson of Nikiski, Daniel Kelly of Anchorage, Kyle Sneath of Ponca City, Jeffrey Curren of Nikiski, Pius Hanson of Kenai, Nathan Curren of Bethel, Rayna Curren of Nikiski, Justin Kelly of Anchorage, Christopher George Curren of Nikiski, Jordan Curren of Nikiski, Leana Stickler of Nikiski, Caleb "C.J." Sneath of Ponca City and Kenton Campbell and his wife, Erica of Kenai; great-granddaughter, Sineka Guss of Ponca City; great-grandson, David Campbell of Kenai; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Don Crouch of Fountain Hills, Calif.; and aunt, Ellen Marcus of Portalis, N.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to Lighthouse Community Church, c/o Pastor Copeland, P.O. Box 7496, Nikiski, AK 99635.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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