Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Curtis Schrimp

Curtis Schrimp was born in Monmouth, Ill., Jan. 19, 1915, the sixth child of Charles and Nellie Schrimp. After the death of his father, he came to Wild Horse with his mother and two sisters, Ruby and Dorothy. Curtis worked for Charlie Fox and the wild west stories were so many no one could remember them all but Curtis remembered quite a few and was a great story teller. Work was hard but when Saturday came there was always a dance. Sunday afternoon there was always a baseball game. He loved dancing and playing baseball, and later on watching the Rockies on TV.

Nov. 19, 1938, Curtis married Leona Golberg. They lived with and worked for Leona's folks for a year after which they bought the section west of the folks. The old Fox house was rolled over the prairie with the help of neighbors to their land, providing them with their first home. In 1946, Curtis had been working for Fred Shade trucking, and he decided to leave the place to try trucking and the gas station business. With Lee's Cafe, they had a business hard to describe. They made an endless amount of friends and many new stories were made to tell. Curtis also farmed sudan seed for sale and feed for cattle.

Curtis and Leona's first child, David Joel, was born in 1949, living only a day. Then Steven Wayne came along in 1950, Martha Jean in 1952 and LeeAnn Marie in 1956. Every summer the family would take a vacation either to the mountains to fish or somewhere to visit family. It was important to Curtis to attend school and sport activities for his children. He enjoyed playing catch with his kids.

Visiting friends and playing cards were favorite pastimes. Living close to the highway, Curtis lent a helping hand to many people in need.

He served on the Kit Carson School Board, and drove a school bus route and for many Senior Sneak trips. After the kids were grown, they sold the trucking business and rented the Goodier place to run a herd of cattle. Marty eventually bought the ranch and he mentored her.

He travelled many times to Norway to visit LeeAnn and family and learned much of the culture there. Curtis made friends without knowing the language just with his smile and his cowboy hat and boots. LeeAnn and family returned to Wild Horse every year for both fun and work. He made many trips to Denver to visit Steve's family, who also returned to Wild Horse for cutting firewood, branding, eating good food and just having fun.

Curtis started writing a newspaper column after Leona quit writing. It brought him so much pleasure to write the Wild Horse News along with telling stories of the old days. His hat always fit a little tighter when receiving compliments on his writing.  He took the writing of his newspaper column very seriously.

 Curtis sang. He sang to his wife, his kids, his grandkids and great-grandkids. He sang for weddings, funerals, shivarees and melodramas. Just a word or name would remind him of a song and he knew a lot of them.

In later years, Curtis took over caring for Leona and helping Marty. He did chores down at the ranch with his buddy, Rusty, up until recently. His neighbors were always available to help, making it possible for him to continue to live at home.

Curtis had a lifelong faith in Jesus Christ. As a boy, he was a member of the First Baptist church in Monmouth, then a member of the Salvation Army and finally, a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wild Horse until he went home to be with the Lord.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Nellie and siblings Jim, George, Clarence, Clifford, Fredrik, Lois, Florence, Ruby and Dorothy, his wife Leona, son David and daughter, Marty.
He is survived by son Steve ( Debbie) and daughter LeeAnn (John), 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service for Curtis was held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Kit Carson, Colo., with burial following at the McIntyre Cemetery in Wild Horse, Colo.

Memorials are suggested to the Cheyenne County Public Health Homemaker/Personal Care Program for Seniors, P.O. Box 38, Cheyenne Wells, CO  80810 or Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Hwy 40/287, Wild Horse, CO 80862.

The Love Funeral Home of Limon, Colorado was in charge of arrangements. Please visit its website at to sign the online guest book or to send your message of condolence to the family.

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