Curtis Findley, 80, of Dandridge, Tenn., passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born April 19, 1937, in Sharon, Pa., to Helen (Merritt) Findley and David Findley.
He was a graduate of Grove City High School,Grove City, Pa., and then went on to the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated with a co-operative course degree of metallurgical engineer June 1961. He was an active member of the Cincinnati Chapter of Triangle Fraternity of Engineers. He then completed a course in welding engneering at "The Ohio State University" College of Engineering.
His career began in Grove City at Cooper Bessemer Corp., then on to Joy Mfg. as plant metallurgist in Franklin, Pa. He moved his family to Morristown, Tenn., for 10 years, employed at Jeffrey Chain, then to Bay City, Mich., at American Hoist & Crane.; then to Grand Haven, Mich., at Teledyne before settling in Texas to finish out his career at L-3 Communications in Greenville, Texas.
After retiring from L-3 Communications in 2006, Curtis worked for Performance Review Institute as a Nadcap welding auditor, which allowed him to travel extensively before retiring in 2015. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, flowers and loved his bluebirds. He received his solo pilot's license in Franklin, Pa.
He will be missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Carol (Palmer) Findley; his son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Myra Findley of White Pine, Tenn.; grandchildren Keegan Findley of White Pine, Tenn. Randi Klinger of Holland, Mich., and Nicholas Braden of Lowell, Mich.; and many family members and friends.
All who knew him can find comfort in knowing he is in a better place.
The Findley family was assisted by Alder Funeral Home, Morristown, Tenn., with a private family chapel service and cremation.
Published on February 2, 2018