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Description: Obituary of Collver, Frank W. "CURLY", JR.

Date: November 26 2008

Newspaper published in: Pittsfield

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FRANK W. "CURLY" COLLVER, JR., 86 of Pittsfield, died at 10:10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 218, 2008, at the Pittsfield Manor in Pittsfield. He was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Pittsfield to Frank P.S. and Eva Hoos Collver. He married Roberta Goodin in Detroit Oct. 9, 1943. She preceded him in death Oct. 26, 2008.
Curly served in the US Navy aboard a Mine-Sweeper during WWII. His Mine-Sweeper cleared mines prior to the invasion of Normandy. After the war, Curly returned to Pittsfield and started the Collver Candy Company. When his brother, James "Tip" returned after serving in the Navy in the Korean War, they operated the "Comrades Inn" on the square in Pittsfield. They operated the "Collver Sporting Goods" and later purchased the "Bowl" Restaurant/Lounge/Bowling Alley, which they ran until the late 1960s. Curley farmed in the Time and Sunny Hill Area.
Curly was a member of the Pittsfield Lodge #790 A.F. & A.M., Quincy Consistory, Ansar Shrine Temple at Springfield, Ansar Shrine Temple Legion of Honor, Pike County Shrine Club, and Pittsfield American Legion Post #152. He sold Federal Crop Insurance for many years all over the State of Illinois along with his wife, Roberta.
Curly was a member of the First Christian Church, Pittsfield. He graduated from Higbee High School in Pittsfield and attended Illinois College in Jacksonville studying to be a pharmacist. His studies were interrupted by WWII. His hobbies included stain glass, wood carving, woodworking and traveling with Roberta.
Survivors include a son, Craig (Caree) Collver of Pittsfield, three daughters, Mrs. Carol O'Malley of Pittsfield, Mrs. Alexander (Caren) Goloff, Jr. of Elburn, and Mrs. Chris Farrington of Glen Ellyn; Five Grandchildren, Mrs. Kent (Wendy) Cox of Pittsfield, Rhett (Kami) Collver of Irvine, Calif., Nathan Collver of St. Louis, Mo., Megan and Travis Farrington of Glen Ellyn, seven great-grandchildren, a brother, James (Phyllis) Collver, and two nephews and a niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eva Collver and a sister Mantha.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Pittsfield with Michael Ten Eyck officiating. Burial will be at the Goodin Cemetery with military graveside rites by Pittsfield Post #152. Visitation will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 10 until noon at the First Christian Church in Pittsfield. A Masonic service will be held at 1:15 p.m. at the First Christian Church by Pittsfield Lodge #790A.F. & A.M. Memorials may be given to the
Shriner's Children's Hospital, Goodin Cemetery or the First Christian
Condolences to the family may be sent to The Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, IL is handling the services

Submitted: 12/01/08

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