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Wendell Berkley (Berk) Curlee

1945-2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018
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Wendell Berkley (Berk) Curlee passed away Sept. 6, 2018.

Burial with military honors will be at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at a later date.

Berk was born in Phoenix, Arizona on March 27, 1945, being a second-generation Arizonan. Berk earned the rank of Eagle Scout as an early highlight in his life. He attended Isaac Elementary, Carl Hayden High School class of 1963, and Phoenix College class of 1965.

At Carl Hayden he received all city honors as forward on the basketball team. He attended Arizona State University before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1967.

During his years in the USAF he was a member of the USAF Security Service stationed in the Philippines. While in the Philippines he was sent to Vietnam on a temporary duty assignment to DaNang AFB. On leaving the Philippines he cross trained to become a load master, flying C141’s out of McCord AFB in Washington and then C130’s out of Taiwan. It was during his stay in Taiwan where he once again was involved in Vietnam, flying supplies and other cargo into and out of Vietnam where he was exposed to Agent Orange.

After leaving the USAF, he began his career in maintaining data processing equipment. As he moved into management, he moved to Texas in 1983. Over the past few years he battled several illnesses, defeating a bout of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. His latest struggles were with a series of strokes from which he was unable to recover.

He was an active member of the Springtown Church of Christ. He loved playing golf, doting on his grandchildren and following their activities.

Berk was a friend to everyone he met and would do anything he could for anyone. His sense of humor, teasing, and love of life will be missed by everyone that knew him.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Deacon; son Douglas Scott (Vonda); five grandchildren: Emily Peterson, Cody, Caleb, Caitlyn, and Caden Curlee and his brother Fred (Maureen).

The Springtown Epigraph,

Sept. 13, 2018 Edition

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