Obit: Marg, LTC Curtiss John Carl (1927 - 2013)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Marg, Lautenbach, Melson, Ryan, O’Neil, Pischer, Felser, Huth, Mueller, Peters

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co, WI) 10/30/2013

Marg, LTC Curtiss John Carl (27 December 1927 - 19 October 2013) With Flag

Lt. Colonel Curtiss John Carl Marg, 85, died Oct. 19, 2013. Lt. Colonel Marg was born Dec. 27, 1927, in Camas, WA, the oldest son of the late Elmer A. and Agnes P. Marg of Granton and graduated from Granton High School in 1945.

He entered the United States Army in 1946 and retired after more than 24 years of continuous military service. He served in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Laos and Vietnam. During his services, he was awarded the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and other awards and decorations. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Clarksville, TN.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of over 57 years, Gladys Marie Marg (lovingly known as Marge); one brother, Duane E. Marg; one sister, Ruth Agnes Marg; a brother-in-law, Ralph Lautenbach; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Joyce Marg.

He is survived by his children: Curtiss J. C. Marg (Deanne) of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Deborah Marie Melson (Daniel) of Clarksville, TN; four grandchildren: Tiffany Ryan (Sean) of Greenfield Center, NY; Carlena O’Neil (Adrian) of Portland, OR; Bray Melson (Julia) and Jordan Melson of Clarksville, TN; and three great-grandchildren, Jake Michael Ryan, Morgan Kate Ryan and Molly Ella O’Neil. He is also survived by two sisters, Alene Lautenbach and Amber Pischer (Harvey), both of Neillsville; and one brother, Erland Marg (Jeanne) of Wisconsin Dells.

The funeral was held Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Chapel, Clarksville, TN, with pastor Larry Peters officiating. Members of the military served as pallbearers. Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home. Burial was made in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Carillon Fund-KVCA 5817 Fort Campbell Boulevard, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040; 931-645-6488. Online condolences may be made at

The following note from the Neillsville News Column by Amber Pischer:

Attending the funeral of Lt. Col. Curtiss J. C. Marg in Clarksville, TN, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, were Alene Lautenbach, Amber Pischer, Margie Felser, Sarah Felser, Victoria Huth, all of Neillsville; Jerry Lautenbach, Sauk City; and Dianne Mueller, Alma. Curtiss grew up in Granton, graduated from Granton High School in 1945, and was a charter member of Granton FFA and a member of Granton’s FFA Alumni. Curtiss had a stroke and died suddenly Oct. 19, 2013. Only three and one-half months ago he drove here for Harvey and my 65th wedding anniversary.



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