25 responses to Don Curtis 1922 – 2017
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    Comment on RIP (August 11th, 2017 at 10:08)


    Rest in peace, Don.

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    Kathy Rowe
    Comment on Don Curtis 1922 – 2017 (August 11th, 2017 at 10:09)

    Sorry to hear of this. I enjoyed Don’s contributions to this website. Condolences to his family.

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      Comment on Blessings counted twice (August 11th, 2017 at 11:01)

      Blessings counted twice

      I a sure your condolences are appreciated Kathy and Trish. Just a note, the image I shared above is actually from Mark’s home. I realized I didn’t have a photo of Don and the obit didn’t contain one, so I thought that one was fitting. I’ve always found that little cross-stitched(?) message heartwarming.

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    Comment on Don Curtis (August 11th, 2017 at 10:12)

    Don Curtis

    Our sympathies are extended to Mark on the loss of his father. And thanks, Erik for bringing this to our attention. We have appreciated Don’s input on this forum.

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      Comment on Don Curtis 1922 – 2017 (August 11th, 2017 at 11:00)

      I was surprised when I went back and tallied up how much Don shared here on such a variety of topics. A lot of it was Mark’s info too of course. But really run the gamut which I tried to capture with the sampling of comments I linked above.

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    Joshua Richards
    Comment on Don Curtis 1922 – 2017 (August 11th, 2017 at 10:37)

    I never got to actually meet Don, unfortunately. He passed shortly after I moved to Belle Center. I now live just minutes away from Mark, and this time I’m no longer Beachy Amish. I still have a strong love for all the Amish, and having visited Mark several times, not to mention bumping into many non-Amish locals who would have heard of him, there is no question the impact that both Don and Mark have been to this community, and the community at large. It was Don’s posts here on this website that played a part in encouraging my wife and I to move to Belle Center. He will be missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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      Comment on Don Curtis 1922 – 2017 (August 11th, 2017 at 10:58)

      Very nice to hear that Joshua. I always thought Mark and by extension Don have been very open, frank and also helpful in providing info to potential converts and those interested in learning more about Amish life. Glad to hear they impacted you and I hope your journey is going well.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Don Curtis 1922 – 2017 (August 11th, 2017 at 10:52)

    Thanks for this nice memorial tribute to Don Curtis, Erik. Thanks especially for the links to some of his comments. I think I read most, if not all, of his comments through the years, and was interested in re-reading some of them. I appreciated his comments and the interesting perspective he brought to Amish America. And thanks to Mark for sharing on Amish America through Don. I extend my sincere sympathy to Mark and the rest of the family. Blessed be the memory of Don Curtis!

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    Kevin Lindsey
    Comment on Don Curtis 1922 – 2017 (August 11th, 2017 at 11:01)

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I always enjoyed reading his post. My condolences to Mark and the rest of his family

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    City Slicker
    Comment on Don Curtis (August 11th, 2017 at 11:19)

    Don Curtis

    May God Bless Don, his family, and his many friends.
    May Don Rest In Peace.
    May his family and friends be comforted.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on RIP, Don (August 11th, 2017 at 11:35)

    RIP, Don

    I always made a point to read Don’s postings, and found I learned quite a bit from him about the Amish–and not only via his posts about Mark, his Amish son. He had a unique perspective, and I wish I could have met him in person. I miss his posts already. God rest his soul and my sympathies to Mark, his family and his many, many friends.

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Don (August 11th, 2017 at 12:47)


    Aww…It feels like one of our own family members have passed on.. in a way Don was a family member..An Amish America family member.

    He’ll be so very missed by so many of us. I always enjoyed his comments and his style..

    My deepest condolences to Mark, his family, and his friends.

    Godspeed Don!!

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    Alice M Aber
    Comment on I am so sorry :-( (August 11th, 2017 at 12:54)

    I am so sorry :-(

    Although I have not commented in some time I have kept up with the site as much as possible. I am so terribly sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I enjoyed reading his comments, posts and stories. My heart and prayers go out to Mark, family and close friends. Don’s presence will be greatly missed.

    Blessings, Alice

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    Comment on Sorry to hear about Don (August 12th, 2017 at 12:52)

    Sorry to hear about Don

    I also enjoyed his messages about his son Mark and the Amish….. I also don’t get on here every day and have been having internet issue but up and running now…. nice to hear from you Erik, I just wondered if you were still writing about the Amish..

    I also have fallen behind on Kevin’s blog also…..my email was such a big mess, and they deleted everything….surprised I even got this from you….I think that is why I haven’t heard from Kevin too….my emails were not coming to me, so maybe he was getting them back …..I don’t know….will have to check it out and email him…

    Take care, and lets do questions from everyone and you answer them….that was always enjoyable…..

    Have a great week-end

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      Comment on Adding to my message,,,, (August 12th, 2017 at 12:57)

      Adding to my message,,,,

      We still could use a EDIT button on here 🙂 been trying to get one forever it seems LOL Is this a big deal to put an edit button on here, I always reread my msg. before I send and even after I send, and I seem to never catch the mistake until it sends and too late to correct it….should be a s at the end of issue…..I hate when I misspell a word….

      I had another question for you, but now has slipped my mind….getting older is no fun LOL, I’ll probably think of it the minute I send this…..

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on Don Curtis (August 12th, 2017 at 15:49)

    Don Curtis

    I feel melancholy to read of Don’s passing. I always enjoyed his posts and the fact that he wanted to contribute and took the time. Felt like a beloved family member, and like someone said, miss him already. We were immensely blessed by his presence.
    Thank you, Erik, for all that you do.

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    Comment on Don (August 13th, 2017 at 08:19)


    For those of us left here who knew and loved Don – my greatest sympathies and my deepest hope that God will comfort you until you are all reunited again in the Love of Christ.

    I also celebrate his long, fruitful, generous life. May he take joy in the presence and wisdom of God Almighty. Don fought the good fight – and ran the race….

    “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

    — 2 Timothy 4 versus 6 through 9

    Just for you, Don – you have run the race, and won. God has blessed you with a wonderful family and son -Congratulations on a first place finish in the most important race there is, Faith and Life. Your prize was hard earned and well run. God bless his family and Community with Love, Grace and great consolation.

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    Comment on Don Curtis 1922 – 2017 (August 13th, 2017 at 08:33)

    By the way, Eric. When is the funeral and where can I send flowers or a gift of love for the Family through the Church? I will understand if it is impossible to print the address here, but perhaps there is a way to send something. Thanks for letting us know about this.

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      Comment on Don Curtis 1922 – 2017 (August 22nd, 2017 at 08:02)

      Sorry Judith, for some reason your comment landed in mediation so it appeared here late. In any case, the funeral had apparently already occurred by the time I was able to write this post. But here is information from the obituary linked above on where flowers/gifts can be sent:

      Memorial contribution may be made to Belle Center United Methodist Church, 202 Walnut Street, Belle Center, Ohio 43310.


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    Debbie H
    Comment on Don Curtis 1922 – 2017 (August 15th, 2017 at 12:48)

    I too will miss Don on this forum. I had recently been wondering why he had not posted lately. I haven’t been much for posting lately either so I just assumed he was busy. I pray peace and comfort for Mark and the family.

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    Comment on Rest in Peace, Mr D. Curtis (August 18th, 2017 at 14:23)

    Rest in Peace, Mr D. Curtis

    Erik, thank you for alerting us to this loss of the Amish America online family. Don was one of my many favorite people to read.

    So sorry for his loss. My regards and much respect to Mark Curtis and extended family at his passing.

    Mark, I hope you are still contributing here when you can. You are on my “favorites” list too. 🙂
    God bless you!

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    Comment on Rest in Peace Don Curtis (August 18th, 2017 at 23:42)

    Rest in Peace Don Curtis

    Just catching up on my Amish America reading after being more than a little “under the weather” for the past couple of weeks. I felt like a little bit of me died when I read the heading for this thread and am truly, truly saddened to read of the passing of our AA friend Don Curtis.

    I actually had to stop and wipe a tear from my eye just now, just thinking about it. I, too, never met Don … but would have really enjoyed doing so.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mark at this time.

    Stephen Rogers
    aka OldKat

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    Comment on Don Curtis 1922-2017 (August 22nd, 2017 at 13:34)

    Don Curtis 1922-2017

    He will be missed by so many. His insights were always appreciated. Prayers of peace for his family.

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    Comment on Rest in Peace (September 1st, 2017 at 07:56)

    Rest in Peace

    I have been reading this website for years and I really enjoyed reading his posts. He seemed to be a very nice man and had insight into the Amish community that few non Amish would have. I will really miss reading his posts. My condolences to his son. Rest in peace Don.

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