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Curtis "Curt" D. Neiswender

Born: Sun., Aug. 21, 1921
Died: Fri., Apr. 24, 2015


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Apr. 27, 2015
Location: Hanley and Sons

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Apr. 28, 2015
Location: Southside Baptist Church

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Curtis “Curt” Neiswender, 93, of South Bend passed away on Friday April 24th at Hubbard Hill Retirement Community in Elkhart Indiana.

 He was born on August 21, 1921 in North Liberty, IN to the late Roy R. and Minnie B. (McCannon) Neiswender.  He attended Center Township School, Riley High School and graduated from Greene High School in 1939.  In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and fought in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corp for 24 years retiring in 1966 as a 1st Sergeant.

On June 21, 1980 in South Bend he married the former Carolyn J. Simon (Basham- Surguy) who survives.

He is also survived by three sons, Gregory D. (Peggy) Neiswender of Fair Oaks, CA, Kevin R. (Lorri) Neiswender of Laguna Beach, CA, and Michael C. (Carla) Neiswender of Fullerton, CA; two step-daughters, Patricia A. Surguy of Wellston, MI and Marlene S. (Philip) Korenstra of Bristol, IN; one step-son, William B. (Claudia) Surguy of Plymouth, IN; thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Curt was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Daniel L. Neiswender who was killed in Vietnam in 1968, two sisters, Marian Naragon and Agnes Smith and four brothers, Russell, Richard, Clayton and Herman Neiswender.

He was a lifetime member of the Greene Township Lions Club and a member of the Southside Baptist Church in South Bend.  Curt loved to work on small engines, cutting trees, sawing wood and serving others.

Visitation will be held Monday April 27th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Hanley and Sons “Southwest Chapel” Funeral Home located at 23421 State Rd 23/Ireland Rd, South Bend.  Funeral Services will be Tuesday April 28th at 11:00 AM at Southside Baptist Church located at 1130 East Jackson Road, South Bend, with Pastor Scott Smith, Pastor Ken Fetter and Dr. Al Buetler officiating.  Friends may visit one hour prior to services.  Burial will follow at Sumption Prairie Cemetery in South Bend.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Southside Baptist Church, 1130 East Jackson Road, South Bend, IN 46614 or Greene Township Lions Club, c/o Hanley and Sons Funeral Home, 23421 State Road 23, South Bend, IN 46614.                       

A special “thank you” is extended to the entire staff at Hubbard Hill, for the compassionate and excellent care provided to Curt during his illness.  

Condolences may be expressed online through our website:  www.hanleyandsonsfuneralhomes.com

The HANLEY & Sons “Southwest Chapel” Funeral Home handled arrangements and extend its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Curt’s family.

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James Chamberlain
   Posted Sun April 26, 2015
I met Curt when I joined the Greene Twp Lions, and we hit it off, because both of us being Marines and served in Vietnam. Curt was a wonderful person and will be truly missed. Semper Fi

Judi Peck
   Posted Sun April 26, 2015
Marlene you and your family will be in my prayers for Gods support during this time. I am honored to have had the pleasure of knowing Curtis for the short time he had with us.

Scott Boyd
   Posted Mon April 27, 2015
Carolyn and family,
What a patriot and what a man this was! I knew Curt for over 50 years and as a boy, I was energized by his patriotism, his faith and his work ethic. He was a role model for me and has been ever since. I mourn his passing but celebrate the fact that he is in the arms of Jesus where there is only joy and no pain. He represented a generation that gave up their own security and personal life to protect us in our darkest days . He gave up his eldest son in Vietnam but kept his memory close to his heart. So, Sarge-I salute the man you were and praise God that He put you in my life!

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