Jimmy E. Curnes, 73, of Wheeling, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Wheeling Hospital.
He was born October 3, 1942, a son of the late Ray W. and Goldie (Spurlock) Curnes. Jimmy was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Mozart and President of Williamsburg Association. He was the Assistant City Manager of Wheeling before moving to Colorado, where he was the Assistant City Manager of Englewood and City Manager of Sheridan. Upon moving back to Wheeling, Jimmy was the City Manager from 1990-98. He loved the outdoors, kayaking, biking, golfing and was an avid skier.
In addition to his parents, Jimmy is preceded in death by one sister, Linda June Marchionni.
Jimmy is survived by his loving wife, of 48 years, Susan (Prager) Curnes; three daughters, Erika Klarr of Martins Ferry, OH, Erin (Patrick) Jones of Centerville, VA, and Kristin (Pat) Doyle of Wheeling; four siblings, Don Curnes of TX, Connie Cutler of GA, Paul Curnes of OH, and Carlos Curnes of FL; four grandchildren, Makenna Klarr, Mason and Beckham Jones, and Ryan Doyle; Je Yon Jung, who was like a daughter to Jimmy; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received for a memorial gathering, Friday, July 15, 2016 from 10 am until time of service at 12 pm at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2 Richmond Ave., Wheeling, with Pastor Joel Richter as celebrant.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in C/O www.tmcfunding.com
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com
Susan and children you have my deepest sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful, kind, caring and helpful person. I am stunned by his passing. I know it will be very difficult for you and your family just as it was when I lost Margene a year ago. There is still a huge whole in my heart which will always be there and I am sure you will experience the same. But you must think of all the wonderful times you had together and take one day at a time. Make sure you get with family, friends and don’t sit in the condo. Stay busy because it helps. You and your family will be in my prayers. I really loved Jim like a brother as my parents did.
Susan I met Jim when he moved from Hurricane to Wheeling and entered Madison. His brother, I believe Donny would take us to high school until I got a car and then Jim and I would go ourselves. He even used to help me deliver newspapers on Sunday morning and would even deliver my paper route on the island when I went somewhere. We used to double date also. Jim was always there when I needed someone, he was a sincere and very honest person. He helped me when I needed someone to help with the class reunions. We had some really great times together but we lost contact for a period of time but we got back in touch in the last ten years. I remember when he kayak across the country. It is really hard for me to believe I have lost my good friend from high school. It will be hard for me to enjoy the class reunion without him. I had a lot of respect for him.
Jack and I were so shocked and saddened when we heard about Jimmy’s passing. We were in Colorado and were not able to make the service. We thought the world of him and hope and pray you get through this by remembering how many lives he touched.
Susan, Sending our prayers for comfort to you and your family. Will miss Jim and his friendship from school years. Was looking forward to seeing him in September. ❤️
Susan & Family…… My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to you. You have such a great friend to my family – and you mean so much to us, I want you to know how much I care for you. May you know and feel God’s Peace and Love during this time and always. Jim was such a sweet caring person. He will be greatly missed!
Susan, you have my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jim. He was indeed a very nice and caring person. I know he will be greatly missed but always remembered for who he was. From a Wheeling High School classmate.
High School Classmate
Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. We feel so blessed to have known Jimmy. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend. He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. When we think of him it brings a smile to our face. Susan, the two of you had such a strong relationship. You set such a good example for the rest of us. May the love of God surround you and your family.
With love , Doug, Libby, David, and Stephen Graebe
We are so blessed to have shared fun times with Jimmy & Susan. What a kind soul and loving husband and family man. Sending prayers and sympathy