Former Steamboat Springs resident Walter Absher Curtis died June 5, 2004, in Reno, Nev. He was 86.
Walt was born Jan. 6, 1918, to Archie and Minnie Curtis at Pyramid Peak. He graduated from Steamboat Springs High School. He attended Colorado State University briefly but had to return home because of his father's illness.
Walt married Chloriene Emmerson, of Mountain Grove, Mo., on Oct. 24, 1940. They had a daughter, Karen, and three sons, Walter Jr., Brent and Lynn.
About 1942, they moved to the Morrison Creek area south of Steamboat Springs. They started sheep ranching and later expanded with a winter range in the Brown's Park area in northwest Moffat County. In 1964, the sheep and the Morrison Creek ranch were sold. They then raised cattle on the Brown's Park ranch until the late 1960s, when the ranch and cattle were sold. They moved to east Texas briefly before moving to Nevada, where over the years Walt worked for their two oldest sons, each of whom owned a contracting business.
During Walt and Clo's retirement years, they loved traveling in their motor home and could be found any place where the weather was between 70 and 80 degrees. Most of their winters were spent in the Laughlin, Nev., area
Walt loved watching his children and grandchildren grow, change and develop. He loved talking to people and was able to strike up a conversation with just about anyone, anywhere. He also loved working outdoors with livestock and on ranches. He always had fond memories of the mountains at the Morrison Creek ranch.
Walt was proceeded in death by his parents; three siblings, William, Ruth and June; and his daughter, Karen.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Chloriene, of Winnemucca, Nev.; their sons, Walter Jr. and wife Sheryl of Winnemucca, Brent and wife Jeanne of Smith Valley, Nev., and Lynn and wife Ella of Craig; a brother, Howard, of Oregon; nine grandchildren, Shawn and wife Kori Curtis of Texas, Donna and husband Tim Gelinas of Washington, Joel and wife Patricia Waterhouse of Florida, Roy and wife Michelle Waterhouse of Ohio, Lora and husband Ron Degagne of Florida, and Doug Curtis, David and wife Danielle Curtis, Bryan and wife Rose Curtis, and Tanya and husband George Streeter, all of Nevada, and 21 great-grandchildren.