Curtis Neil Shimp, 60, Bayard

Funeral Services for CURTIS NEIL SHIMP, 60, of Bayard, Nebraska will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:30 am at Faith United Church of Christ in Bayard with Pastor Tom Smith officiating. Burial will follow the service at Bayard Cemetery. Public visitation will be held on Friday March 21, 2014 at the church from 5-7 pm. Curtis passed away on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at Regional West Medical Center surrounded by his family. Memorials in his name can be made to Faith United Church of Christ and to the Bayard Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements are under the direction of Jolliffe Funeral Home and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.

He was born on January 19, 1954 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Curtis was raised from the age of two by Jake and Mary (Haffner) Zitterkopf, the most loving parents anyone could ask for. Curtis graduated from Bayard High School in May of 1972 and attended Western Nebraska Community College. He married Teri Schanhols on May 3, 1974. To this union three children were born; Chad, Scott, and Misty. Curtis started his employment with Chimney Rock Public Power beginning on March 13, 1974, serving for 40 years. Throughout his active and full life he was a member of the Bayard Volunteer Fire Department for 38 years, and served as treasurer for over 20 years. He was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, earning his Eagle Scout and then continued to serve as a leader and committee member of Troop 22 in Bayard, Nebraska. As a life-long member of Faith United Church of Christ, Curtis loved to help out any way he could. He was a very good Christian man, and willingly served on the church council for many years. Curtis loved to have coffee and visit with his friends. His personal time was spent enjoying his family, his children and three grandchildren including Cole his best buddy, teaching him all kinds of things. He had a love for trees; planting and caring for them as anyone who visited his home could tell by the small forest that surrounds his place. Along with great family time, Curtis also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He could never pass up a good walleye fillet, or fishing trip, especially to Lake Mac. Curtis was a jack of all trades and could build, work and tinker, and fix just about anything. He was a great teacher and passed on his traits to his kids and grandkids. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, and Grand "PA".

Curtis is survived by his loving wife, Teri Shimp, son Chad (Sandy) Shimp, daughter Misty (Kelly) Adams, grandchildren Cole and Makenna Shimp and Henry Adams, numerous relatives and many friends, and man's best friend, Molly. He was preceded in death by his son, Captain Scott N. Shimp and his parents.

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