John Curl


John L. Curl, 73, of Defiance, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013 at his residence.

He was born October 23, 1939 to Harold D. and Josephine M. (Long) Curl in Lima, OH. On Febru-

ary 2, 1963 he married Ruth "Susie" A. Williamson, who survies in Defiance.

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and he was employed by Zeller Corporation from 1962-1965. He was an electrician at GM Powertrain from 1965-1997, retiring August 30, 1997. He was a life member of VFW Post 3360 where he was captain of the Honor Guard and veterans funeral detail. He also spent two years as captain of VFW District I Honor Guard and was a life member of AmVets Post 1991, Defiance Legion Post 117, Defiance County Fish & Game and its Pistol Club.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran from 1958-1964, serving in Germany. He was very dedicated to the veterans organizations and veterans of Defiance County and the surrounding area. He loved spending time with family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His favorite hobbies were fishing and camping.

John is survived by his wife, Ruth A. (Susie) Curl of Defiance, OH; son, Rory L. ( Jackie ) Curl, of Bryan, OH; daughters, Renee A. (David) Bowling of Defiance, OH and Shelly A. Irwin and friend Ron Oliver of Serrento, FL; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Daniel L. Curl of Defiance, OH; half brother, David G. Williamson of Defiance, OH; and his mother, Josephine M. Williamson of Defiance, OH.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold D. Curl; step father, George Williamson; half sister, Kelly Jones; grandparents Alva and Mabel Curl; grandfather, Joseph Long; grandmother, Alma Lhamon; and his great-grandson, Deven Michael Dietrich.

Visitation will be held Monday May 6, 2013 from 2-8 p.m. at the Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, OH and from 10-11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Defiance on Tuesday. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday May 7, 2013 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Defiance, OH, with the Rev. Donald L. Luhring and Rev. Joshua Schmidt officiating.

Burial will take place in the Riverside Cemetery where members of the Defiance VFW Post 3360 will accord military honors.

Memorials are suggested to the St. John Lutheran Church, Hospice the Caring Way and the Wounded Warriors. Online condolences can be given at

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