Philip was asked to write a few words for the Ledbetter Memory board at the reunion this weekend in TN. Below is his tribute to one of his favorite people, Curtis O'Shock.
That was the easy part, now here for the tougher stuff. Curtis was a Renaissance Man. He did everything, was curious about everything and seemed to try everything once. He was a triathlete, fly fisher, unbelievable photographer, 4x4 off roader, sailor and outdoorsman, among countless other endeavors and dabbles. What is amazing is that he left us while doing something that made him a Renaissance Man.
Curtis had the biggest heart. He was always interested in what you were talking to him about. In my memory, it didn’t matter whether it was football, cars, kids, family, bikes, photography tips or simply how your day had gone. He was always listening and caring. I recently learned that he had a stash of Cliff Bars that he would hand out to homeless people on the street. He did this without ever telling anyone until after his stash was discovered. He did everything he could to help the patients where he worked feel special and loved. He even braved the Michigan cold one Christmas Eve night to create the most perfect, footprint-free, sleigh tracks for my brother and I when we awoke on Christmas morning. Curtis and my father apparently accomplished this with great planning, precision, lots of winter apparel, a pair of skis, rope and dedication.
The two things that I will remember most about Curtis will be his infectious giggle that still rings in my ears and his speedo-clad snow angels one Michigan winter. Anyone who has heard his laugh will understand what I mean. For those who don’t, you sure missed out. His laugh would brighten a room and make everyone else giggle with joy. The snow angel story is family legend. After a stint in Papa Malpass’ sauna, Curtis broke from the sauna and ran through the snow down to the lake. After trying in vain to break through the lake’s surface ice by jumping up and down on it, he ran back up the hill and dove into the deep Michigan winter snow wearing nothing but a Speedo and a smile. His giggle could be heard inside over our ownlaughter. After diving in the snow, he then starting doing snow angels. I was fortunate enough to hear of his passing while in Michigan. After hearing the news, I did my own snowless version of his snow angels’ right where he had done his. Nothing like doing ‘grass-angels’ alone in a front yard to celebrate a new angel of heaven.
Curtis will be certainly missed, but should be equally celebrated. We are all better for his care-free influence. May we all live life like kids and not care what the adults think."
- Philip Overall