Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 2, 2009

Curtis Elswick, 70, of Ironton, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 30, 2009. He was born Feb. 26, 1939, in Ironton, a son of the late Samuel and Mary Noble Elswick.
Mr. Elswick was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and best friend. Curt was a blessing to all who knew him. His courage and abiding faith was an inspiration to everyone.
Mr. Elswick attended Ironton Schools and was a former meat cutter for Tipton’s Bakery. He was also a former employee for Carolina Lumber Company and the (Edgemeade) Ohio Youth Commission. He was a member of the City Mission Church in Ironton for 11 years and lived all his life in the Ironton area. Curt was a musician and could play numerous musical instruments. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing in church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Henry Elswick, Carl Elswick, and Paul Elswick; and two
sisters, Edith Campbell and Ruth Ann Russell.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Rosemary Wilson Elswick, whom he married Aug. 31, 1959. They have three daughters and two sons-in-law, Diana and Dallas Summers, Lisha McCaffery, and Cheryl and Mike Cavin, all of Ironton; three grandchildren whom he adored, Kayla McCaffery, Tyler Cavin, and Mary Beth Schwab; a sister-in-law, Ruth Elswick; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Curt’s life will be 1:00 p.m. Friday at City Mission Church in Ironton with Rev. James Cremeans and Rev. Jeff Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. The body will lie in state one hour before the funeral at the church. The pallbearers will be Levi Dalton, Dallas Summers, Tyler Cavin, Tommy Lawson, Gary Fraley, Jim Lee Cremeans and honorary pallbearers will be Leon Dalton, Jeff Cremeans and Joey Brown. In Curt’s memory, donations may be made to The City Mission Church, 710 North Fifth St., Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

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