Gilbert Curtis, right is congratulated on his 90th birthday.

Gilbert Curtis celebrated his 90th birthday on July 4 at a reception at Fishing Creek Baptist Church.

About 50 guests, most wearing masks, celebrated with Curtis from 10-11:30 a.m. during the floating reception.

Curtis served in the U.S. Army starting in 1948 and retired as a senior master sergeant. He met and married Blanche Lois Anderson in 1950 and rejoined the military in 1953, this time in the U.S. Air Force.

His assignments included Hunter Air Force Base (AFB), Georgia; Seymore Johnson AFB, Goldsboro; Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska; Dow AFB, Bangor, Maine; Offutt AFB, Nebraska, Strategic Air Command (SAC) headquarters, 1965-1966 and 1969-1971. He also served in Thailand in 1967-1968 with the 4258th Strategic Wing and Mission Support Squadron as shift supervisor.

After retiring in 1971, Curtis began rebuilding old cars and camping. n 1980, he began installing signs for Applefield Realtors. Curtis retired from Applefield in at age 80 in 2010.

He enjoys camping, volunteering and attending church. The Curtises celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary May 13.

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