Jack Curtis England

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jack Curtis England, 93, of Shell Knob, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at the Mount Vernon Veterans Home in Mount Vernon. He was born in Shell Knob, on June 6, 1920, to George H. England and Minerva Brock England.

After graduating from Cassville High School in 1938, He spent a year working with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Missouri.

Following service in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Merchant Marines, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, and was trained as an Aviation Engine Mechanic at the U.S. Navy Great Lakes Training Station before being shipped to Australia with the 7th Fleet. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1945, and remained in the Naval Reserves until 1957. In 1950, he was hired as an aviation mechanic by American Airlines where he worked until his retirement.

He married Opal Willadean Dunlap, from Washburn, on Dec. 3, 1944. They moved to Tulsa, Okla., in 1950. In 1975, after retiring from American Airlines, they returned to Barry County where they spent several years designing and building a home themselves near the original England family farm in Shell Knob. They were active members of the First Christian Church in Cassville.

In 2007, he moved to the Missouri Veterans' Home in Mt. Vernon.

He was predeceased by brothers, George England, Edward England, Joe England, Deering "Briar" England, Amos England, Baby Boy England and Charles England, and sisters Hildreth England Settlemire and Susie England Timmons. He is survived by sister Lily England Phillips, of Tehachapi, Calif.

He was also predeceased by wife, Willadean, in 2001, and son, James Edward England in 2012. Survivors include: daughters, Janice England (Bill) Watson, of Spokane, Wash., and Kathryn England (Lew) Aytes, of Monterey, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville, with Pastor James Weaver officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Washburn Prairie, Washburn, with military graveside rights provided by VFW Post #2203.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation of Eastern Oklahoma, in Tulsa, Okla., and entrusted to the White Funeral Home P.O. Box 890, Cassville, MO 65625.