John Joe Curran (1932-2020)

John Joe Curran, age 88, passed away on July 16, 2020. His final days were spent surrounded by his loving family and under the exceptional care of Lucas County Health Center. John was one of eight siblings and the oldest son born to Christopher Daniel (Danny) and Rose (Judge) Curran on June 21, 1932 in Russell, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1950.

John was united in marriage to Margie Lucille Lee on Aug. 12, 1952 at St. Patrick’s Church in Melrose. They shared 68 years of marriage. John began a long and renowned career in the farming and cattle business. He was one of the owner/operators of the Russell Sale Company started in 1945. In 1974, John Joe turned his share of the Russell Sale Company over to his oldest son R.D., and started a cattle order buying service which later became the Curran Cattle Company with his two sons C.D. and Mike, buying cattle throughout all of Iowa, northern Missouri, and western Illinois.

He loved to work and buy cattle, farming, backgrounding cattle, and did so until his last days on earth. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing with Margie, fishing, and attending the many family celebrations and reunions.

John Joe is survived by the love of his life and forever love Margie; his children, R.D. Curran, Molly Hilderhof, Cathy (Terry) Fuller, C.D. (Mary Lou) Curran, and Mike (Kellee) Curran; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Anne Theresa and son John Lee; his parents; and other loved ones.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 20, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Father Timothy Armbruster officiating. With Covid-19, services were for family only, followed by interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Melrose. Services will be available to view on the Sinnott Funeral Home facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose and mailed in care of Sinnott Funeral Home Home at 2030 Hwy 5, Albia, Ia. 52531.

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