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Ray "Popeye" Curtsinger

May 9, 1958 ~ June 11, 2020 (age 62)


On June 11, 2020, the world lost a great musician, Ray Marshall Curtsinger “Popeye” 62 of Urbana passed away.

Cremation rites will be accorded, a graveside service will be held at Danville National Cemetery at a later date.

Ray was born on May 9, 1958 in Union City, TN to parents C.N. and H.K. Curtsinger-Nicholas.

On November 7, 2003 he married Rebecca S. Dalton in Mahomet.

Ray is survived by his parents, his wife and his children; Katie Marie (SFC Brad) Peltier, Curtis (Shauna) Curtsinger, Raymond A Curtsinger, and his stepsons; Gale R. Dalton and Christopher Barrett. Ray’s siblings: Russell (Angie) Curtsinger, Paul Nicholas, Sandy Nicholas, Susan (Sam) Sanderson, his “adopted” son Raymond Clark and ten grandchildren also survive him.

He was preceded in death by two sons and two grandsons.

R.M. “Popeye” Curtsinger entertained people all his life. From an early age as a child he saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show jumped up and said, “That’s what I am going to do” and that is what he did. He was part of the Grand Ole Opry Touring Company and played at Mable’s, Malibu Bay Lounge, Prairie Lands and Alleycat. Ray also created ChamJam, the benefit for SIDS. Ray was a member of Champaign Underground.

Memorial contributions in Ray’s honor may be made to American SIDS Institute or to Renner-Wikoff Chapel for help with final expenses.



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