Curtis Curran Ground III passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the North Kansas City Hospital, Sunday afternoon, April 2, 2017. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO 64152. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Dennis Dewey at the chapel 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 6. Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Curt Ground was born July 19, 1956, at Lakeside Hospital, Kansas City, MO, the son of Curtis C. Ground, Jr. and Virginia Slankard Ground. When Curt was 3 months old, the family moved to Parkville, and Curt has been a life-time resident of the Parkville area.
Curt is a graduate of Park Hill High School class of 1974. He attended Park College one semester and left for automotive training. His first job as a mechanic was at the Montgomery Ward auto service in Indian Springs, Kansas City, Kansas. After two years he left there to begin a 15-year career in the airline ramp service beginning at Braniff International. He worked for Braniff at KCI and JFK airport in New York City. When Braniff closed, Curt said he “had always wanted to go to the service, but hadn’t had time,” so decided at that time to join the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Campbell, KY, Fort Benning, GA, Fort Wainwright, AK, and Panama. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. At Fort Campbell in the Air Assault School, Curt wished he was back home on Main Street in Parkville, MO, when he had to make his first airplane jump. However, he did well in Air Assault School and made the Commandant’s List. He was Honorably Discharged at the end of his two year term in 1984. Within a week after the discharge he was employed at Eastern Airlines. When Eastern closed, he worked for Vanguard Airlines. Later, he decided to study again and became a Certified Master Mechanic and worked 17 years at a Lincoln-Mercury dealership before his retirement on disability in 2015.
While employed by the airlines, he enjoyed vacation trips to Jamaica, Barbados, Germany, Cancun, Mexico, California and several times to Hawaii.
Curt had a wonderful childhood growing up in Parkville with a large group of boys for friends, participation in the Parkville Presbyterian Church and its Bible School,
Sunday School, and youth group, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He delivered the “North Kansas City Dispatch” two times a week and mowed yards for the elderly.
Curt is survived by his son, Sam Travis Ground, his mother, Virginia
Ground, his friend and companion, Peggy Cross Bradley, his former wife, Patty Gilmour, step-daughter Grayson Price and her children, Karson, Lucy and Steve, all of Parkville. He is also survived by his sister, Deborah Ground Buckner and her husband, Simon Buckner IV, and his niece Jordan Lee Buckner of Overland Park, Kansas, his nephew, Simon Buckner V of Atlanta, Georgia, an uncle, George Ground of Andover, KS, and a cousin, Richard Lawson, of Kansas City, MO.
His is preceded in death by his father, Curtis C. Ground, Jr., his grandparents, John and Ida Lee (Wooldridge) Slankard who lived in Wentworth, MO and Rev. Curtis C. and Edna (Liles) Ground who lived in rural Pierce City, MO, and two uncles, Jack Slankard and Richard Ground.