STEPHENVILLE - J. Curtis Reagan, 89, of Stephenville, a retired District Sales Manager for Ralston Purina Company, passed away Monday, November 29, 2010 at a local hospital.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Valley Grove Baptist Church in Stephenville, with Pastor Earl Hardy and Rev. Glenn Shock officiating. Burial will be at Erath Gardens of Memory Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be held 7 - 8:30 p.m. today at Lacy Funeral Home.

J. Curtis was born on June 19, 1921 to the late Oda and Eva “Mize” Reagan in Goliad. He married Constance (Connie) Nelson on August 16, 1946 in Bishop.

Curtis was a World War II Army Veteran. He landed in Normandy, France (Omaha Beach + 3) with the “Third Army” under General George Paton. He served as a field medic on two major campaigns during the war.

He was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church, the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Mercedes, First Baptist Church in Sinton and at Valley Grove Baptist Church, where he was member of the Men’s Sunday School Class. He also served two terms on the school board in Mercedes.

J. Curtis was an avid hunter and fisherman. His wife and children describe him as a “true outdoorsman” who was recognized for his whitetail horn rattling ability. His Life long motto was “faith, family and friends.”

Survivors include his wife Constance (Connie) Reagan of Stephenville; son Joe Reagan of Harlingen; daughter Debbie Thompson and husband Tab of Stephenville; grandchildren J.C. Reagan, Trevor Reagan, Reagan Thompson, Kayla Thompson, Patrick Thompson and Daniel Thompson; nieces, Melissa Ihrig, Joy Ann Merricks; nephew, Jimmy Merricks and several cousins.

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Published December 1, 2010

Stephenville Empire-Tribune