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Curtiss Scalf

Curtiss D. “Curt” Scalf, 70, of Lima and formerly of Carey, died on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at Lima Memorial Hospital following five years of declining health. He was a fighter, beating lung cancer twice, but it all took too much of a toll on his body.
On Oct. 19, 1951, Curt was born in Imboden, Va., the second of 10 children of the late Ernest Curtiss and Virgie Emiline (Eldridge) Scalf. He graduated from Bluffton High School in the class of 1970.
Shortly following graduation, Curt was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army. He served as a 19 Kilo Armor Crewman, stationed in Germany.
Upon his honorable discharge, Curt returned to Bowling Green, where he continued working at the L & K Restaurant and where he met Ann Richardson of Carey. They were married shortly thereafter on Aug. 24, 1974, and moved to Carey in 1976. They enjoyed 20 years of marriage and lovingly raised three children, Shelley, Curtiss II and Matthew. She preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 1994.
Furthering his education, Curt continued his studies at Tiffin University while also working full time in the restaurant industry, earning his bachelor’s degree in business management. Over the years, Curt worked his way up to being a district manager and managed nearly 10 restaurants. Most will remember him from the Mid-American Restaurant, Ike’s Restaurant, in Carey. He believed in running a tight ship, because everything had to be running smoothly to give their customers the best experience possible in his restaurant.
In 2014, Curt found himself in a dilemma when he was hiring Jacqueline (Miller) Oglesbee as a waitress. He demanded professionalism from everyone who worked for him and he couldn’t let his feelings for Jackie show. In order to pursue her, Curt retired from the restaurant and they would be by each other’s side from that day forward. They were married on Oct. 16, 2015, and cherished each other for six-plus years. Together they also moved to Lima in 2018.
A man of faith, Curt was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Carey, and he was a long time member of the Carey Masonic Lodge #420.
A do-it-yourself kind of guy, Curt took pride in caring for everything he had. He always had a home project he was working on, and he would take whatever time was needed to make sure his yard and landscaping looked immaculate. He also was a huge Cincinnati Reds fan, loved to watch Gunsmoke and enjoyed a good political debate over a cup of coffee.
Proud of his family, Curt was a very involved father and grandfather. He truly loved his children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them.
Whenever you think of Curt, you will remember him for his unique, intelligent, dry and witty sense of humor. He was a quirky goof ball and despite being private and introverted, he often had everyone in the room belly laughing.
Curt will be dearly missed by his wife, Jacqueline Scalf; three children, Shelley (Aaron) Crawford, Curtiss (Kimberly) Scalf II and Matthew Scalf; step-sons, Kevin Miller and Levi (Ashley) Oglesbee Sr.; eight grandchildren, Brodie, Emma, Margaret, Savannah, Emilee, Levi Jr., London and Scarlett; five sisters and one brother, Laurene (Keith Kimmel) Scalf, Jaine Boyer, Linda (Denny) Flanary, Shawn (Delbert) Paige, Sharon Smith, Van Scalf and Lora (Kevin) Deaton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his first wife and parents, Curt was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Glenn Scalf.
His family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey. Services honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Christ Lutheran Church, Carey, with the Rev. William Schultz officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by the Carey Honor Guard will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or the Wyandot County Humane Society and they may be sent to the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.StombaughBatton.com.

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