Justin "Dutch" L. Curry, Sr.
January 21, 2019
Justin (Dutch) L. Currey, Sr. - Justin of Swatara Village, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on January 21, 2019 in Lebanon Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 92. "Dutch" was born on October 2, 1926 to Minerva Boyer and H. Elwood Currey. He also had the wonderful fortune to later have a much loved stepfather, Charles (Herb) Walton of Kennett Square, PA.
Dutch graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1944 and enlisted in the United States Navy for two years until 1946. Although he was fortunate to avoid direct conflict in World War II his bomber plane in which he was a tail gunner crashed in the ocean during a training mission and he and the pilot were rescued by a nearby vessel. Typical of the Greatest Generation he never even mentioned this incident to his family until he was 70 years old. He did not think it merited any discussion and was surprised at his family's interest in the details.
After leaving service to his country Dutch briefly attended Penn State University - Hazleton. He decided to leave college during his first year to marry the one and only true love of his life, Helen Marie Dunn, who graduated with him in 1944 from Tamaqua H. S. Shortly after their marriage Dutch and Helen migrated to Wilmington, Delaware where he worked for the E.I. DuPont Company - Edgemoor Plant for 37 years. He also drove a school bus for several years for the A.I. DuPont School District after retiring from Edgemoor. Dutch had many friends because of his great sense of humor, dependability, and reputation as a great husband and father. Although short in stature his friends looked up to him as a great role model. He bowled competitively for many years and his den was lined with dozens of trophies as his average was always near 190. Later he became an avid golfer with his friends from Edgemoor at the DuPont Country Club. Dutch was a fan of all Philadelphia sports for over 70 years and rarely missed an Eagles or Phillies game on television or radio.
Dutch is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen Marie Currey, an identical twin brother, Harry (Woody) Elwood Currey, a son, Maurice (Maurie) Kenneth Currey, and a grandson, Justin Michael Currey.
Dutch is survived by two sons, Justin L. Currey, Jr. of Pine Grove, PA, and Michael T. Currey, of Orangeville, PA, two brothers, Maurice (Pete) K. Currey (Doris) of Smyrna, Delaware, and Charles (Herbie) Walton (Pat) of Wilmington, Delaware. He is also survived by grandchildren, Dawn Townsend and husband Gary (his primary fantastic loving caretakers), Kimberly Winward and husband Lew, Jason W. Currey, and Melissa Currey. In addition Pop Pop was lucky to have six great grandchildren he knew well until young adulthood, Michael Currey, Seth Townsend, Gary Townsend, Austin Townsend, Alexis Winward, and Rebecca Winward. He also was fortunate to meet his only great great granddaughter, Stella Mae Currey, shortly before he died.
Dad, Pop Pop, Dutch will be greatly missed as a great role model for his family, a devoted father, a loving husband, a loyal brother, and the patriarch of the Currey clan. Anyone who knew him is a better person because they did.
Dutch will be laid to rest in Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, Delaware with his wife, Helen, next to his twin brother, Woody. A service honoring his full life will be held at 11 am on Friday, February 8th at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE.