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Thomas Lee Curry
Navy veteran
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Thomas Lee Curry, 66, of Manteca, California and formally of Terre Haute, Indiana, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2010 surrounded by his family.

 He was born on July 12, 1944 in Terre Haute to John Wey Curry, Sr. and Etta Mae Moore Curry.

 Thomas was currently employed with Pilkington (formally LOF) of Lathrop as an electrician, his retirement was set for August 2, 2010.  He graduated in 1963 from Schulte High School and promptly joined the United States Navy one month later and served as an Electricians Mate Third Class on the U.S.S. John Hancock until 1967.  During his service, he received several commendations and medals including the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal and a Letter of Commendation from Commander Cole of the USS Hancock.

 Thomas was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed everything outdoors.  He made sure every one of his children learned to bait their own hook and to shoot a rifle as soon as they learned how to walk.  He loved to garden, to gold pan with his friends he made while a member of the Gold Panners Association, was a enthusiastic storm chaser, and took amazing pictures of the heavens above with his telescope.  He passed on his love of nature and heaven to his children and grandchildren.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife Irene Curry of Manteca, his sister Cecelia Geyer of Willcox, Arizona, and his children: Catherine Hall and husband Rob of Terre Haute, SFC Michael Curry and his wife Aimee of Germany, Robyn Swartzell and her husband Jason of Terre Haute and Steven Curry of Terre Haute.  He was also the proud Grandpa of 12 grandchildren, Darrick Curry, Brandon Hall, Devon Hall, Chris Carson, Alecandre Curry, Dakota Curry, Christopher Curry, Caitlyn Curry, Richie Swartzell, Kevin Meek, Cheyenne Meek, and Katie Swartzell, several nieces and nephews and his faithful companion, Sasha.  He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his Grandson Tyler Haase.

 Mr. Curry’s arrangements are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 from 1 to 5 p.m. held at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Road, Manteca. He will be laid to rest at a later date at Calvary Cemetery in Indiana.  An online guest book / tribute wall is available for special messages and condolences at

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Monday, Aug. 2, 2010