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Vivian “Colleen” Curtis

Posted August 25, 2014 in Obituaries, Grimes

January 15, 1926 – August 21, 2014

Colleen Curtis

Colleen Curtis

Colleen Curtis, 88, died Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Kennybrook Village in Grimes. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 27, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Granger. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.

Colleen was born January 15, 1926, in Des Moines to David and Ethel (Thomas) Johnson. She graduated from East High School and became a personal shopper for Younkers Department Store. Colleen met her future husband, Ronald Keith Curtis while roller skating after his return from WWII. They married six months later on July 21, 1946, in Des Moines, Iowa. They made their home in the Grimes and Granger area where they farmed and raised their children.

Colleen, according to her husband Keith, was a partner in farming however not a silent partner. They spent their retirement years wintering in Mesa, AZ, where they enjoyed square dancing, hiking the nearby mountains, swimming and playing cards. Colleen loved hosting and entertaining friends and family, making every birthday and holiday a special event. They were fortunate to travel throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. Colleen will always be remembered for being a “Classy Lady”. She was always perfectly dressed with matching accessories.

In addition to her parents Colleen was preceded in death by her husband, two daughters, Bonnie Lou Curtis and Sheila Kay Malone; and her siblings, Clara Margaret Stewart and Charles S. Johnson. Those that will greatly miss her are her children, Linda (Randy) Pleva of Urbandale and Ron (Carla) Curtis of Granger; six grandchildren Marci (Joel) Lindahl of Boone, Amy (Spike) Craven of Urbandale, Brian (Niki) Malone of Ames, Valarie (Tracy) Vest of Waukee, Eric (Nikki) Knoblock of Denver, Iowa and Nick Curtis of Granger; and ten great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Granger. Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Online condolences will be welcomed at

The family would like to thank the staff at Kennybrook Village for the loving care they have provided our Mom and Granny for the last two years.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Brandt Dallas Center Chapel
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA 50063

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