Funeral Services for Curtis will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown, with Rev. Rodney Warnecke of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Lebanon at a later date.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials my be directed to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church or Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lebanon. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Curtis was born in Watertown on December 21, 1931, the son of Reinhardt and Dorothea (Groening) Maas. On September 23, 1950 he married the former Marion Ida Ruehlow in Iowa.
In April of 1960 he moved his family from rural Watertown to a home on South Ninth Street in the city where he took great pride in the fact that he was able to employ his naturally creative skills to perform many attractive architectural improvements to the structure and grounds. He continued to live in that same home for almost fifty-four years.
He spent almost twenty years as a draftsman at Brandt Automatic Cashier in Watertown, working hand-in-hand with their engineers to secure many valuable patents for the company.
However, his primary occupation throughout his life was as a professional musician. As a highly talented accordionist and leader of the Curt Maas Combo, he was privileged to enjoy a career that spanned over fifty years and included over 3,000 live performances.
He was not only a highly expressive artist, but extremely versatile as well, mastering a broad body of musical genres that ranged from old-time Dutchman and Yankovic styles to big band music of the 30's and 40's, along with a wide array of other popular standards.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marion of Watertown; his children, Cary (Judy) Maas of Jefferson; Kathleen Maas of Chicago; Faye (Rev. Shawn) Kauffeld of Menomonie; his sister, Angeline Scheid of Watertown; his grandchildren, Jesse (Jodi) Kauffeld, Jessica (Brian) Hornisch; Jeanette Kauffeld; Josette Kauffeld, ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a Sister, Vera, and granddaughter, Josephine.