The official release written by Cathy and son Jeremy:
Remembering the life, death, and legacy of Lowell Eugene Curtis: a Grandfather, Father, Husband, Brother, Son, Soldier, and Friend to so many.
Lowell Eugene “Gene” Curtis, age 67, of Anderson, South Carolina, passed away peacefully in his sleep at 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home in Anderson, South Carolina. A strong man with a big heart, Gene’s thoughts were always of his children, grandchildren and his loyal wife, who never left his side so that he was never alone during his battle with cancer.
He was born on November 13, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was the youngest of three sons of Bruner R. and Dora W. Curtis. Gene was a humble man who proudly served his country with honor. As a Vietnam Veteran, he was a true example of the quote “All gave some, but some gave all,” as he continued to serve his country until he passed.
In retirement, Gene was a diehard Airgun Enthusiast. He was the founder of the largest Airgun forum on the internet, GatewayToAirguns.org, and loved building and repairing Airguns of any kind. He was the host of the Airgun “Fun Shoot” for many years. His love of Airguns and the wonderful Airgun Family that he brought to us has meant the world to us. Because of this wonderful Airgun family from all over the world, we have felt so much love; the cards and phone calls and all of the words of encouragement were greatly appreciated. Gene had a personality that you couldn’t help but to love. We have indeed lost a great man.
Gene was preceded in death by his Father Bruner R. and Mother Dora W. Curtis and Brothers Jerry and Bufford “Kurt” Curtis. He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife, Cathy J. Curtis, of the Home; son Jeremy R. Curtis, grandson Jayce R. Curtis, and daughter-in-law Megan M. Curtis of Vail, AZ; daughter Gena Simkins, granddaughter Ayana Simkins, grandson Jevan Simkins, and son-in-law Keith Simkins of Polson, MT; three step-children Paul Johnson of Tamassee, SC, Kimberly Slaton of Anderson, SC, and Jeffery Slaton of the home; and step-grandchildren Isaac Johnson, Dylan Johnson, and Jordan Clinkscales.