Curtis Nolan Tuttle was born November 28, 1932 in Wayne County, Iowa just west of the Tuttle homestead to Roland and Twila (Darrah) Tuttle. He attended country school at Hazel Dell School and graduated from Cambria High School in 1950. Curtis was married to Marietta Kirchner on January 5, 1952. They were blessed with two children: Steve and Kathy. They also welcomed to their home 2 foster children: Red Willett and Jim Carter.
He farmed after graduation until 1978, raising turkeys for many years. Curtis farmed with his son from 1972 until 1978; raising corn, soybeans, cattle, and hogs. In 1979, he and Marietta moved to Chariton where they sold real estate for Bob Chapel until 1985. They then moved to Canistota, South Dakota where they owned and operated the Starlite Motel until retiring in 2006 and moving back to Chariton.
Curtis has always been involved with church activities. He belonged to Eden Baptist Church south of Derby while growing up and on the farm. He transferred membership to the First Baptist Church in Chariton while in Chariton and belonged to the Emery Baptist Church while living in Canastota. He enjoyed playing the piano and sang in a quartet as a young man. Curtis also enjoyed time spent with his extended family and he loved the farm.
Curtis passed away May 2, 2012 at the Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center at the age of 79 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marietta; his children: Steve (Cheryl) Tuttle of Des Moines and Kathy (Ray) Smith of St. Paul, MN; foster sons: Red Willett and Jim Carter; two granddaughters: Heather (Mike) Nehre and Sarah (Dan) Cooper; four great grandchildren: Andrew Nehre, Lillian Cooper, Jackson Cooper, and Samson Cooper. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Margaret Kridelbaugh; brother-in-law, Warren (Karen) Relph; and nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
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I had the opportunity to know Curtis by doing business with him when he was here in Canistota. I never met a finer man than him. You can be assured he is in God's hands. Marietta, I am sorry to hear of his passing. S... more
My parents were good neighbors and friends of Curtis, actually my Dad and brothers worked for him on the turkey farm. I know I spent alot of time on the tractor with my Dad while he worked as well as staying at their hou... more
I extend my condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you be comforted by the promise of the resurrection as well as the end to sickness and death forever. God makes this wonderful promise to us at Isaiah 2... more
I recall working for Curtis on his farm and having him as my youth group leader. He was also a good friend to my parents. Many fond memories of the Tuttle's. We love you all.
Steve and Cheryl, Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.
My Curtis goes back to the Eden Baptist Church where he, along with Marietta were the staunch back bone of the church. I remember that we had a scary halloween party at their home and I also remember the cookout when we... more