Monday, December 4, 2017

Curtis A. “Curt” Loper Sr.

Wellsville, NY - Curtis A. “Curt” Loper Sr., age 64, of the Baldwin Road passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017, surrounded by his family at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He was born on March 23, 1953 in Hornell to Donald and Beverlee Hargraves Loper Sr. On June 16, 1973 he married Dawnne Wyant who survives.

Curt graduated from Canisteo Central High School in 1971 and from Alfred State College in 1973, where he played baseball, with an associate’s degree as an electrician. He worked for Carpet Town, Acker’s Quaker State, and for Air Preheater (ARVOS) from where he retired from in 2016 after 30 years of service. At the time of his death he was the President of the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club and enjoyed organizing the annual “Camp Shoot”. Curt was also a member of the Wellsville Elks Club, as was a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, Genesee Hose Company, where he was a fire policeman. He volunteered for the Wellsville Midget League Football, Little League Baseball, and was the manager of the Southern Tier Lady Lighting Fast Pitch Travel team for 6 years where he met many lifelong friends. In his younger days he played men’s fast pitch softball for the Past Time Bar and for Arnoys and Dye. He had umpired high school baseball, and was a long time member of the Wellsville High School Football Chain Gang. Curt enjoyed family cook outs and playing cards, golfing, fishing, and his love of the outdoor and the camaraderie with his hunting pals was his passion. Curt was a lifelong New York Yankees fan who had idolized Thurman Munson. In the last 3 years, in particular, were special to him as the love for his grandchildren grew and it was a wonderful thing to watch.

Surviving besides his wife, Dawnne are a son, Curtis A. “CJ” (Ashley) Loper of Wellsville; a daughter, Lindsay Loper of Olean; grandchildren, Miles and Averiella Loper; 3 brother inlaws as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He had been predeceased by his parents, Donald and Beverlee Loper Sr., and his brother, Donald Loper Jr.

At Curt’s request there will be no calling hours. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Wellsville Elks Lodge starting at 1 pm. Please consider memorials in His name to the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club, or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or to Wellsville Little League Baseball. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. You will be missed by many Curt! Until we meet again!

    Tony Perkins

  2. Dear Dawnne, I'm so sorry about Curt. I hope you and your family can find comfort from each other at this particularly hard time of the year to lose a loved one.
    Your friend, Sandy Graves and Max

  3. What a nice and friendly man. Dawnne we are all here for you.

  4. Condolences to the family. I played softball with Curt on the Arnoys & Dye teams in the 80's and loved him as a teammate. He was our Thurman Munson. Curt was a positive person and very enjoyable to be around. He loved to make a difference in the community. He will be missed by many and had a positive impact on more people than can be counted, just by being himself.

    God Bless,

    Pat Atwell