Joel Alan Curlis


Joel Alan Curlis, 65, of Findlay, Ohio went to Heaven on March 30th, 2024, surrounded by his family.

He was born on November 14, 1958 to the late Arvin E. “Woody” Curlis and Lois Bockbrader.

A graduate of Elmwood High School Class of 1976.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, his high school sweetheart Diane Curlis (nee Lombard), son Chad (Beth) Curlis, son Tyler Curlis, and grandchildren: Brayden and Kylie Curlis. He is the son in law to Laverne and the late Donald Lombard. He is also survived by his siblings, Robin (Bill) Hartwell, Todd (Kris) Curlis, Ryan (Kathy) Curlis, sister-in-law Vivian (Rick) Williamson as well as many nieces, and nephews.

Joel was a loving husband, incredible father, devoted grandfather, and coach to many. He showed his family what it meant to be caring and compassionate individuals. More than anything, Joel enjoyed spending time with his family. He was at his best while watching his grandchildren do the activities they loved whether it was on the baseball/softball diamond or on the soccer field. He was a loyal follower of all the kids’ activities and events. He was a coach and an influence to many kids life thru baseball.

Joel was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverine football fan. He enjoyed playing cards and anytime spent with family and friends. After decades at Findlay Industries, he recently worked at American Plastics. Joel lived life to the fullest. His passion and zest for life were infectious and will always be remembered.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 5 from 4 pm until 8 pm at the Barndt Funeral Home, 121 W. South Street, Wayne, Ohio 43466, Additional visitation Saturday, April 6 from 10 am until the service starting at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, be kind to someone today. Donations can be made to Findlay High School Trojan Baseball Program.

Online condolences may be made to Joel’s family at

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