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Curtis Lester Layton, born on August 8, 1920 in West Union, Iowa, was the only child of Helen and Curtis Layton, Sr. Curt had a wide variety of interests but flying was at the top of the list. When World War II broke out, Curt enlisted and applied his love of flying by becoming the Captain of a PBY crew. They heroically flew many missions to rescue servicemen and help secure the freedom of our country. After the war, Curt followed in his father's footsteps by studying dentistry at the University of Iowa. While attending U of I, Curt met the love of his life, Betty Ann Bisdorf. They were married in 1953 and lived in Hawaii during their first year of marriage while Curt worked at the Naval clinic. After Hawaii, Curt opened a children's dental practice in Clinton. He practiced in Clinton until he retired at age 72. While in Clinton, Curt and Betty had two children, Susan Marie and Patricia Lynn. The girls were raised in Clinton and their parents were very proud of both of them. Curt and Betty formed many life-long friendships in Clinton. They also enjoyed traveling all over the world, often with friends. After retirement, Curt and Betty moved to AZ where they continued their active life style and established many new friendships. Betty passed away in 2013, just shy of their 60th wedding anniversary. Curt wanted to remain in AZ after Betty's passing so he could continue an active outdoor lifestyle. Curt passed quietly in his sleep on February 2, 2017. He will be remembered for his infectious laugh and love of life. He will be missed.
Published on May 5, 2017
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