The Times West Virginian


March 8, 2013

Dennis Curry

Dennis Hugh Curry, 69, of Spencer (formerly of Fairmont), passed away Tuesday (March 5, 2013) at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Fairmont, on Aug. 20, 1943, a son of the late Carroll Hugh and Opal (Gates) Curry.

Dennis attended Fairmont Senior High School and graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1961. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and graduated from Fairmont State College in 1965 with a degree in industrial arts.

He proudly served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps, joining in 1962. He was commissioned an officer in May 1965. He was deployed on aircraft carriers in the Atlantic and in Norway. In 1967, he was deployed to Vietnam, where he was promoted to captain and became an infantry company commander. He engaged in 26 combat operations including several amphibious landings.

Dennis graduated from West Virginia University College of Law in 1971 and practiced law in Fairmont for several years. He was the first municipal judge for the City of Fairmont. Later, he practiced law in Spencer.

He was a member of the West Virginia State Bar and the Marine Corps League and was a life member of the National Rifle Association. In the past, he competed in several regional and national pistol competitions.

He is survived by his three loving daughters, Hillarey Carder and her husband Dan of Masontown, Ashley Gillespie and her husband Scott of Morgantown, and Erin VanGilder and her husband Brent of Carolina Beach, N.C.; and seven grandchildren, Macy Carder, Benjamin Carder, Cayton Carder, Ian Gillespie, Mairin Gillespie, Beau VanGilder and Brooke VanGilder.

Also surviving is the mother of his children and wife of 26 years, Susan Matheny Davis of Fairmont; two brothers, Roger D. Curry and his wife Janet of Fairmont and the Rev. Joel Curry and his wife Dr. Shara Curry of Glenville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Joel Curry, brother of the deceased, officiating. Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown where full military honors will be conducted by the Marion County Veterans Council Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center general post fund No. 1915 (Hospice program), 1 Medical Center Drive, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at

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