William M. Curtis III, 80

-NOV. 10, 2011

November 11, 2011
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Dr. William M. Curtis of Lancaster, Pa., went home to his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at Lancaster General Hospital.

He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., to Beatrice and William Curtis Jr.  

He grew up in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

He accepted a U.S. Navy scholarship to the University of Utah. There he met Beverly Hills, who became his wife. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical/aeronautical engineering from the University of Utah in 1954, and they had a daughter. They then moved to Texas, where they had a son and another daughter.

This is where they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.

Bill loved serving his savior, time with family, bike riding with the Red Rose Rockets and the Lancaster Bike Club, serving as chaplain with the Civil Air Patrol, teaching, research, and writing books and letters to the editors. His last one appeared in the paper this week.

William had basically two careers, engineering, and scientific and Biblical ministry. The former included 20 years in the aerospace industry in Texas and Maryland, receiving a further degree, Master of Science in aeronautics and nuclear physics, from Southern Methodist University in 1963. Among the projects he worked on were the B-58, F-111 and the A-10.

The latter included nine years in college positions, administration, and teaching science, math and theology at Washington Bible College and Lancaster Bible College, eight years in the pastorate, and more than 21 years in scientific and Biblical research. The following degrees were obtained: Doctor of Theology, Trinity Theological Seminary, 1988 (Special Revelation major), and Master of Theology, Capital Bible Seminary, 1976 (Greek and Hebrew major). He and his wife founded the Institute for Scientific and Biblical Research, which included creation forums, writing and lecturing. William was one of the founders of Heritage Academy, near Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Curtis; three children, Cindee Bagley, William Curtis IV, and Tammie Radcliffe, and their spouses; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one in the womb, and two brothers, James Curtis and Charles Curtis, all of whom loved him deeply and will miss him very much.

There will be visitation on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. at Harvest Bible Church, 160 Schoolhouse Road, Lancaster. The funeral will be Monday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist, 1899 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, followed by lunch and graveside service. Interment will take place in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, kindly send a contribution in Bill's memory to Washington Bible College/Capital Seminary, 6511 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, MD 20706.

To send an online condolence, please visit Arrangements are by Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 717-560-5100.

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