George E. “Big George” Curtis II

L’ANSE – George E. “Big George” Curtis II, 35, of Zeba, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July 14, 2013, at his residence.

He was born in L’Anse on July 28, 1977, the son of Robert and Gerlinde (Picard) Curtis, Sr.

He graduated from L’Anse High School. He married the former Jennifer Lister in L’Anse on July 9, 2009.

George was a card dealer at the Ojibwa Casino, a member of Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Blessed Kateri Church, and the Baraga County Pool League.

George enjoyed playing pool, frequenting the Baraga American Legion, fishing, hunting, watching sports and being in the woods.

Mr. Curtis is survived by his wife Jennifer; children, Jaclyn and Jade, both at home; his mother, Gerlinde “Karen”; brothers, R. D. (Helen Jondreau) Curtis of Baraga, Louis Curtis, Sr, of L’Anse, and Lance Curtis of Zeba; sisters Jody Lynn Joki of Baraga, Haven (Clinton Back) Curtis of Zeba, Gerlinde “Ger” Curtis of Baraga; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father “Big Bob Curtis,” Grandpa Louis Picard and Uncle Louis.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, in the Ceremonial Room in the Ojibwa Senior Citizens in Baraga with Father Corey Litzner officiating.

A traditional native service will follow conducted by Paul Halverson. The family will greet friends starting at 5 p.m. in the Ceremonial Room on Wednesday July 17, 2013, with a parish rosary which will be held at 7 p.m.

Interment will take place in the Pinery Cemetery.

Mr. Curtis’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at

The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.