Funeral for Reuben Emerson Curtis, 82, longtime chaplain at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and a former Army chaplain will be Tuesday noon in the Bennion East Stake Center, 5980 S. 13th West. Mr. Curtis died Jan. 19, 1989, in Salt Lake City.
Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, from 6-8 p.m. Monday and at the stake center an hour before the service. Burial will be in Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, Sandy.Mr. Curtis was believed to be the first LDS chaplain to attain the rank of full colonel. He served as division chaplain of the Army's 7th Division and corps chaplain of the 24th Corps during World War II. Upon his retirement he served for 25 years as chaplain of the VA Medical Center.
A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was patriarch of the Bennion East Stake at the time of his death.
Mr. Curtis was born May 24, 1906, in Salt Lake City to Theodore Edward and Bardella Shipp Curtis. He attended the University of Utah, majoring in electrical engineering.
He was a draftsman, artist, glass blower, electrician, painter, shop manager and designer. He designed, built and blew glass for many of the neon signs in Salt Lake City.