He was born May 2, 1931, in Altamont to Arthur and Myrtle Mae (Nading) Curnutte. He grew up and attended school in Altamont.
He served in the U.S. Army as a tank mechanic.
He worked for Western Electric in Colorado.
He married Bobbye Jo Andrews on May 2, 1952, in Russellville, Ark. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Sharon Kathleen Mathes of Topeka and Luzanne Jean Vance of Humble, Texas; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ken Curnutte of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Lynn Merten; and a son, Stephen Dwayne Curnutte.
The service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery near Chetopa. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, 67336.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.