March 7, 1946 ~ March 12, 2020 (age 74)




Charles Thomas Curtis, 74, died Thursday, March 12, 2020 in his home in Troy, Mt.  He succumbed to his three-year battle with lung cancer. The days leading up his death he was surrounded by family and friends. He was born on March 7, 1946 at Santa Clara, California.  Charles was commonly known as Chuck and was born and raised in California. He had traveled throughout the country and commonly worked as a guide as well as an electrician.

He was always up for an adventure as well as enjoying the splendor of the outdoors and you never knew where you would find him if he was out fishing or picking mushrooms.  He had always loved to cook and this is how he met his first wife, Melody Lee Grimes, of Fresno, Ca. in 1965 at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. They had two daughters, Mary Margaret Lee Curtis Spaid (husband, David Allen Spaid) and True Lee Curtis Durant (husband, Robert Allen Durant). With time the girls added five children and nine grandchildren to the family.  With both being very independently mind they decided to part ways after a time.

Charles was a self-proclaimed hermit though in reality he really wasn’t; even though he liked relationships but he wanted them on his terms.  He especially loved dogs, and sometimes even more than people.  In fact, on his front porch he had a sign which said “My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am”. 

Charles had many interests and during the quiet times he particularly enjoyed making jewelry with a preference of working with Abalone, Ivory and Wood. In fact, jewelry making was passion that Verna Jo Cox also enjoyed. The two joined in matrimony in 1974.  There was great pride in Verna’s Scrimshaw. Together they had two sons, Shane Thomas Curtis and Jacobi Kingston Curtis.

The boys also added to the new generation with eight children and a grandchild. Charles’ legacy continues in their lives through memories and the lessons learned; whether it was playing cards, eating ice cream or enjoying an old western. There are many memories to look back at.

Private family services were held.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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