February 21, 1982 - December 11, 2020
***Out of respect to the family we ask that the services on Monday remain private. The funeral service will be livestreamed at 1:00 pm on Monday on fordfuneral.com under Bryan's Tribute page and will be available for 45 days*** Link to the livestream provided: https://www.fordfuneral.com/obituaries/Bryan-Curtis/#!/PhotosVideos Written by Bryan's father and read at his funeral on December 21, 2020 My intention was to write a short biography of Bryan's life, but as I began to write I realized I needed to include more to adequately capture Bryan's achievements and characteristics. The real purpose of this is to serve as a letter to his young sons so that they may know more about how great a son and man Bryan was. I am not an accomplished public speaker as you will see. Make no mistake this is bragging on my son, but he deserves all the honor we can give him. Bryan was a confident person, he always knew what he wanted to do and he simply did it. He was determined, patient and very intelligent. Based on this Bryan was always a leader even from a very young age. If we walked around the block as a young family, he had to be 2 or 3 steps ahead. If we went on a bike ride, he was leading the pack. My daughter Jamie, Bryan's little sister, said her brother always made sure she was included in everything he was doing and never made her feel like a tag-a-long. He was loving and kind to her and she looked up to him in every way. To her, he made everything seem effortless and fun. He watched out for her from the time they were little toddlers till she got to OSU as a freshman and he was a senior. During his high school years Bryan and his friends spent a lot of time at his Grandpa Brown’s farm near Tulsa. One of his friends described it as follows: Bryan and the Curtis family were good friends and fellow church members in my high school years. I wanted to share a handful of things I remember fondly about this time. Camping on his grandparents acreage waking up to see Bryan in his boxers and boots starting the fire back up for breakfast on a cold morning. Or Bryan with myself in tow mistakenly driving the 3 wheeler into a pond on the farm in the pitch black, fishing, shooting 22’s, losing to him in Risk repeatedly, knocking over countless drinks at his house and being relegated to a sippy cup for all future visits, riding around in the hoopty van shooting spuds out the sliding door, countless church events and trips together and that's just scratching the surface. In summary Bryan welcomed me into a tight group of friends when we moved to Oklahoma my freshman year. I hope one or two of these things make you smile. Also during high school Bryan rode in the Free Wheel bike rides across Oklahoma and would drag his friends along to make sure they participated. Bryan also participated in the marching band, which was a big part of his high school life and required a tremendous amount of dedication and work. In college Bryan was Vice President of his fraternity and President the following year. During college Bryan joined the Army Reserves and entered the Reserve Officer Training Corp or ROTC. He attended basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia and was ultimately commissioned as Captain. Bryan had a passion for learning. He earned four college degrees. 1. a B.S. in International Business with a minor in Economics at OSU 2. a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature at OSU 3. a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at TU and 4. a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at OSU We were amazed at his dedication and drive to do all the work required for these degrees. As a family we took vacation trips to the Bahamas. Bryan became certified to sail large boats such as 44 foot catamarans. He would completely organize the trips, captain the sailboat, do all the navigation and even sometimes cook breakfast. Bryan and Stacy loved traveling and took an extensive vacation across Europe. Bryan also traveled to Russia when he was studying their literature and history. He completed his last semester of that degree in St. Petersburg Russia. At Chesapeake Energy, Bryan was a supervisor. As the company suffered through tough times and had several rounds of layoffs, Bryan remained. He told us there were barely any cars left in the parking lot, but he was still there. His value as a leader and creative thinker was obviously recognized. Bryan loved visiting us on the "Farm" because of the fond memories he had of visiting there during his youth. He loved gardening. He would bring trees to plant, starts of grapes and other plants to experiment with. Our fruit trees don't amount to much, so he would bring grafts and try to improve them. Bryan did not have a single ounce of vanity in him. As a professional he was always dressed sharply for work. However when he would come to the farm he would wear shoes and clothes he had for years. Usually a tee shirt, gym shorts and flip flops regardless of the weather we were having. We would tease him about this, he would just smile and wear the same clothes on the next trip. Also on his visits he would bring his radio controlled drones and airplanes which required a lot of technical knowledge and programming. That was no problem for Bryan. On every successive visit he would come with a new gadget on the plane or drone or improved programming. Even though Bryan was a very intelligent and adventurous person, he enjoyed simple things on his visits. We would clean up brush and burn it. He would prune all our trees for us. Bryan could fix anything and he enjoyed doing it. He replaced the clutch on his grandfather's tractor, not a small job. Bryan had a collection of old John Deere lawn mowers. He would take parts from each one to make a functioning mower. The one he actually used didn't even have a hood but he didn't care what it looked like. On his last visit at Thanksgiving we worked on the 35 year old Honda three wheeler and almost had it fixed. We tore up a gasket and didn't quite finish. Considering all the outstanding characteristics Bryan displayed, the most important one was his role as a husband and father. You often wonder how a young man will do as a father. And again he exceeded all expectations. It was obvious that he loved and respected Stacy with all his heart and we certainly understand why. He couldn't have found a better woman to be his partner. I never once saw him lose his temper or be angry with his three young sons. As we all know raising babies and toddlers can be a challenge. Bryan accepted the role, loved his boys deeply and was a perfect father. Stacy said if Bryan was home she never bathed a child by herself or had a midnight feeding that Bryan didn't help with. We will grieve and are dealing with pain beyond description. But in the long run we will dwell on the positive aspects of Bryan's life which were abundant and are cherished. We will dedicate our lives to supporting Stacy, Conner, Ben and Sam.
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