In memory

I won't be blogging this week. My father-in-law died Saturday morning after suffering a stroke while in Florida. Please keep my husband and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Paul E. Curth, 74, of Findlay, died Saturday, February 24, in Tampa, FL. He was born August 20, 1932, in North Baltimore, Ohio, to Harold and Harriet Curth.

He was a graduate of Findlay High School and served as a petty officer in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Paul received his bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University in 1958 and a master’s degree in secondary school administration from BGSU in 1960.

He married Leta Walton on August 30, 1958.

Paul was a teacher for the Findlay City School and Van Del High School in Middlepoint, from 1958 to 1968. He taught social studies, American history, world history, American social problems, Ohio history, geography and civics. He was the assistant principal at Central Junior High School from 1964 to 1984. He also served as the summer school principal for Findlay City Schools from 1967 to 1982.

Paul retired from public education in July 1984.

In 1986, Paul became the first lay principal at St. Michael’s School. He served as principal for nine years, retiring in 1995.

He was a member of Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the Hancock County Retired Teacher’s Association. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and loved watching Ohio State football and basketball. He had many hobbies including fishing, golf and home improvement projects. Paul was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who devoted himself to his family.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Leta (Walton) Curth; sons Paul, Jr. (Karen), Darien, CT.; Kevin (Traci), Sylvania, Ohio; brother Howard (Pat), Apollo Beach, FL; and grandchildren Brian, Michelle, Olivia and Emma. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Ruth and brother Raymond.

Visitation will be at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 2, with a Prayer Service being held at 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 3, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Findlay

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial tributes be made to St. Michael the Archangel School Educational Foundation Fund in Findlay or the Greater Northwest Ohio Diabetes Association Inc., also in Findlay.

The Blade also wrote a feature obituary about my father-in-law. You can read it here.


  1. Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss.
    My condolences, Traci.

    A hug to you,

  2. Thanks Kylee....that means a lot. :)