Robert Stedman Curl

“Death never catches a wise man unprepared.”

Robert Stedman Curl, 92, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from natural causes.

Bob was born in Helena, Arkansas, on January 28, 1927 to Charles Clyde Curl and Jesse Harkness Curl. He attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated as an Ensign USN in 1947 with the Class of 48-A, the last of the three-year War Classes. After several tours of duty in the Navy, he resigned his Commission in the Navy and in 1950 married Glenna Wright Robertson of Norfolk Virginia and returned to Arkansas to help his ailing father in the family lumber business. Bob was recalled to the Korean Was in 1951 and served until 1953.

He entered the Life Insurance Business in 1954 and recently retired after a distinguished career with Northwestern Mutual Life of over 50 years.

Bob had a lifelong love of sailing and he and Glenna had many wonderful sailing adventures with friends from Lake Meredith to Virginia and Maine. He was an avid outdoorsman, loved to hunt and fish and skied the mountains of Colorado well into his 80’s. He lived by and taught his grandchildren the Honor Code and the importance of doing things right or not at all. Bob never met a stranger and had a personality that filled a room.

Bob was a Presbyterian. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Laura Gene Baker; a brother, Charles Clyde Curl, Jr.; and sister Jess Harkness Wilson.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years; a daughter, Glenna Denton and husband John, of Amarillo; a son Charles Curl and wife Jackie, of Amarillo; and grandchildren, Lindsay Anne Curl, John Curl Denton, Elizabeth Harkness Denton, Caitlin Caye Curl, Cristin Camile Curl, and Charlie Clyde Curl.

Arrangements are being handled by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

The family also wants to thank Bob’s wonderful Caregivers; Shannon, Tanya, and Melinda for their loving care.

The family will be at home Sunday, September 22, 2019, from 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.

8 Replies to “Robert Stedman Curl”

  1. May God Bless your family at this time of loss. Glenna, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Much love,
    Carol A Tiernan and Mike Tiernan

  2. I was not priviledged to have known Mr. Curl, however, I understand that he was once a valued member of the Military Officers Association of America, Texas Panhandle Chapter (MOAA, TPC). On behalf of the MOAA, TPC and a grateful country, please accept our heartfelt condolences, for the passing of a great servant.
    May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, recieve him in heaven and bring peace to his family.

  3. Gary & I send love. So sorry for your loss and wish we could be there to hug every one of you!
    Virginia and Gary Johnson

  4. Glenna & Family,

    Please know that our entire family shares in your grief over the loss of Bob. He was very dear to each and every one of us, and we will all miss his thoughtful wisdom and advice, wonderful sense of humor and his love for our family.

    May all of your wonderful memories give you a sense of peace during this difficult time.

    Heaven gained a true gentleman!

    Much love from our family to yours,
    The Colquitt Family

  5. Don and i are so saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. We send our heartfelt sympathy. We wish we were there to offer our condolences.

  6. There was nobody else like Bob Curl. He will always have a special place in my/our hearts for many reasons. Part of who I am today is because of the opportunities he gave me and the support he provided. Glenna, thinking of you with love. Thinking of the whole family. I know that in time the many memories you shared will bring you some peace.
    Sheryl McKay Piper and Mark Piper
    Helen and Maggie

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