William Curley

William H.Curley

May 22, 1935 - May 23, 2020
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Bill was born in Boston, MA, on May 22, 1935, to William and Mary (King) Curley. He was the second oldest of 12 children. Bill grew up in Boston where he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952. While traveling across the world, he met his beautiful wife, Ianita J. (Peterson) Curley in Honolulu, HI. He took his family to South Carolina, California, Washington, and then retired in South Carolina in 1972, after serving 20 years in the Navy. He went to work at the Charleston Naval Shipyard in South Carolina, where he retired again after 20 years of civil service.
In 2000, he and Ianita moved to Hot Springs, SD, where they made their final home, being ever available to their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was an active member of the St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association, and Elk’s Club.
William Hubert Curley, 85, passed away May 23, 2020, at home in Vale, SD.
Bill is survived by daughter, Elizabeth (Paul) Erk of Newell, SD; sons, Kevin (Rosemarie) Curley of Midlothian, VA, and James (Michelle) Curley of Goose Creek, SC; grandchildren, Paul (Allea) Provorse, Ryan (Jenna) Curley, Courtney Provorse, Casey (Danielle) Curley, Megan Provorse, Brian Curley, Chad (Amber) Erk, John (Anna) Erk, and Megan Erk; great-grandchildren, Raelee, Alice, Maggie, Sawyer, Maddie, Ferris, Townes, Lexi, Rachel, Sarah, Will, and Matthew; brothers, John, Paul, and Mark Curley; and sister, Isabel Marcum.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ianita Curley; parents, William and Mary Curley; brothers, Richard, Robert, and Michael Curley; sisters, Marylou Gunter, Dorothy Farrell, Marguerite McGrail, and Lillian Curley.
Bill is remembered by his family and friends as being smart, funny, easy to talk to (especially when talking about the Navy), willing to help anyone, and able to fix anything. He was a dedicated husband, father, and seaman and will be greatly missed.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020: Visitation 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rosary recitation begins at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, SD.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, SD. Due to current spacing restrictions, attendance is limited, please contact 605-787-8465 to check if attendance is possible for you and/or your family due to these restrictions and limitations.
Friday, May 29, 2020: Christian Memorial Mass 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hot Springs, SD. Due to current spacing restrictions, attendance is limited, and so Fr. Gerlach requests that you contact the parish church office at 605-745-3393 to check if attendance is possible for you and/or your family due to these restrictions and limitations.
Friday, May 29, 2020: Military Honors will be given at 11:30 a.m. by the American Legion Post 71 at the American Legion Hall in Hot Springs, SD. No RSVP required.
A private committal service will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to St. Anthony of Padua Church and the American Legion Post 71 in Hot Springs, SD.
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  • Christian Memorial Mass

    May 29, 2020 | 10:00am
    May 29, 2020 10:00am
    St. Anthony's of Padua Catholic Church
    538 University Ave
    Hot Springs, SD 57747
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    Father Grant Gerlach


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