Donald Curtis, 79

Donald Paul Curtis, 79, of Columbia City, died at 2:55 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Tuesday.He was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Fort Wayne, a son of Wayne Bernard and Mildred Miriam (Eber) Curtis. His formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He graduated from North Side High School.A truck driver, he began his employment with Kroger, later establishing the Baerfield Travel Trailer business. In 1972, he began driving for Ryder Truck Lines until PIE Trucking closed in December 1990. From 1991, until his retirement in 1996 he worked for Advance Transportation.On Feb. 14, 1988, he was united in marriage to Gayle Lyn Pringle. In 1994, they moved to their home at Troy Cedar Lake until 2009 when they moved to their home in Columbia City. His memberships include Grace Lutheran Church where he served as food pantry coordinator for many years.Surviving relatives include his wife, Gayle; three children, Steven Michael Curtis of Big Lake, Mark Joseph Curtis of Fort Wayne and Lora Lee (Ricky) Ware of Fort Wayne; four stepsons, Scott Andrew Horne Sr. of Fort Wayne, Peter Michael Horne of Goose Lake, David Douglas (Kathy) Horne of Craigville and Eric Galyn (Leeanne) Horne of Tri Lakes; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Curtis of Rome City and Michael Curtis of Long Lake; and a sister, Sally Curtis of Fort Wayne.He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kim Marie Bird; a granddaughter; a great grandson; and a sister, Nancy.The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church, 204 N. Main St., Columbia City, with visitation after 9:30 a.m. at the church. The burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery. The visitation will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Preferred memorials are to Grace Lutheran Church Food Pantry. Condolences may be sent