Former HQ Staff Member Ed Curtis Passes

Published on March 15, 2017 in News, Press Releases

SUNRISE BEACH, MO – Sigma Tau Gamma Headquarters has learned that Edgar (Ed) L. Curtis, Central Missouri ’65, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Curtis was born on May 7, 1946, in Hamilton, Mo., to Orson and Vesta (McCrary) Curtis. He grew up in Hamilton where he was involved in high school athletics, including golf, basketball, and football.

In 1964, Curtis began his undergraduate career at the University of Central Missouri and became an Associate Member of Sigma Tau Gamma in 1965. Curtis earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1968 and Masters in Business Administration in 1975, both from Central Missouri. He was employed as manager of the university bookstore and later of the University Union Facilities and Operations for 30 years, retiring in 1998.

Ed was a Warrensburg community leader. He served the Jaycees in numerous local chapter offices and as Region IV Vice President and Region IV Director. He was awarded Jaycee International Senatorship #29237 in June 1980. Ed was the founder of the Old Drum Quail Unlimited Chapter. He was a member and starting pitcher for the Fossils slow pitch softball team at UCM for 23 years. Ed was proudly a member of the UCM Football Chain Gang for 42 years and was inducted into the UCM Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Many Sig Tau alumni will remember Curtis as the “fatherly” headquarters staff member who visited chapters from 1998 to 2007. During his years on the staff, his wife Elaine often attended Fraternity regional and national events and even conducted educational programs on etiquette.

Sigma Tau Gamma Chief Executive Officer Emeritus Bill Bernier remembers just how much of an impact Curtis had on so many undergraduates. “Ed Curtis was among the most popular field consultants in Sig Tau History. It is easy to understand because Ed was such a likable guy. With his solid education and leadership experience, he was genuinely helpful to our chapters. I will forever be grateful for his dedication and friendship.”

Ed is survived by his wife, Elaine; Children-Jim (Jo) Curtis, Sedalia, Mo.; Bob Curtis (Jolene), Robesonia, Pa; Jill (Rob) Bray, Blue Springs, Mo.; Wendy (Rob) Edwards, Hamilton; and Shawn (Jennifer) Moss, Hamilton; Grandchildren-Lindsey Curtis, Collin and Cayley Bray, Will and Olivia Edwards, Owen Moss and Skylar Franklin; and Brother-Jim Curtis, Hamilton.

The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Hamilton Federated Church. Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 17, at the church.

The family will have a memory book available at the Hamilton Federated Church during the visitation for friends and relatives to share a memory or picture. Please feel free to bring a picture or memory already pre-written/printed to put in this book.



Founded in Warrensburg, Missouri at the University of Central Missouri. On June 28, 2020, the fraternity will commemorate its 100th Anniversary. Today, there are more than 2,500 undergraduate members on 76 college/university campuses in 30 states. There are 60,391 living alumni. The Fraternity is headquartered 60 miles east of downtown Kansas City in Warrensburg, Missouri. Additional information about the fraternity is available at