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Delbert V. Curley

January 15, 1920 December 17, 2006
Delbert V. Curley
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DELBERT V. CURLEY, 86, of Phoenix, AZ formerly of Thomson and Fulton, IL, died Sunday, December 17, 2006 in Phoenix. Delbert was born January 15, 1920, to Lynn V. and Bonnie (Robertson) Curley. He was a 1936 graduate of York Community High School in Thomson and attended the University of Illinois. He married Agnes Eble, of Clinton, IA, in 1941. After her death in 1945, he married Marian Huggins on July 25, 1946 in Davenport, IA. Delbert farmed until 1961 when a ruptured vertebra forced him to retire. He then was employed by Walnut Grove and Columbian Feed Companies until he founded Agri-King in 1968. Since its inception in his Fulton garage, its primary focus has been livestock nutrition and research. Today Agri-King is an employee-owned international company, employing about 250. He retired in 1985, but remained active in the company serving as Chairman of the Board Emeritus. After retirement he spent his summers in Fulton and winters in his Ahwatukee home in Phoenix. He and his three sisters developed Buck"s Barn, LynnWood Estates and LynnWood Lynks on their family farm in Thomson. He was a member of the Thomson United Methodist Church and a past member of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce. He was inducted into the Sandburr Classic Hall of Fame and the Shoot the Bull Sports Hall of Fame, both of Thomson. He was an avid golfer, and a charter member of the Fulton Country Club, active in its establishment. He was a lifetime member of LynnWood Lynks and had recently retired from active membership in the Ahwatukee Country Club in Phoenix. Survivors include his wife, Marian; two sons, Clark (Ann) Curley of Fulton and Robert (Ann) Curley of Thomson; two daughters, Sharon Batterham of Las Vegas, NV and Nanette (Frank) Talbot of Fulton; nine grandchildren, David (Christa) Curley, Sean Talbot, Danielle Curley, Brian Curley, Dru Curley, Dane Curley, Adelle (Travis) Crotteau, Chad (Jill) Batterham, and Derek (Diane) Batterham; eight great grandchildren; three sisters, Edna (David) Mooney and Lila Ritchie, both of Phoenix, and Leona (Vernon) Mattie of Thomson. He was preceded in death by his first wife and one sister, in infancy.

PRIVATE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICE Friday, December 22, 2006 at the Thomson United Methodist Church in Thomson, ILCO-OFFICIATING: Rev. Paul Judd - Thomson United Methodist Church; Rev. Marlin Ebersole of Chambersburg PA and George DeLong of Lititz, PA.MEMORIAL SERVICE A public Celebration of Life Memorial Service and reception will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2006 at Buck"s Barn, 5020 IL Rt. 84, Thomson, IL VISITATION 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2006 at the Fulton Presbyterian Church " 311 N. 9th Street, Fulton, IL.INTERMENT Lower York Cemetery " Thomson, IL

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