Managing Funeral Director
Curtis has always wanted
to be a funeral director - even from the early age of 7 he remembers watching
the hearse pass him on the street headed to the cemetery knowing that someday
he would be the one driving that car. Growing up in Nephi, Utah, he is the son
of Byron and Rosalie Wilkey, and is the sixth of nine children, three of which
siblings died in infancy.
From a very young age he
learned the value of hard work from his father and learned that he was truly
happy while being in the service of others. Curtis became an Eagle Scout at age
14 and served an LDS Mission in Michigan at age 19.
In 1993, after working
various jobs, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a Funeral Director. He
packed up his family and moved to California to work for Wilson and Kratzer
Mortuaries while attending San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. This
opportunity provided him with the greatest experience on all sides of the
mortuary profession. He earned the highest scholastic achievement, the Mu Sigma
Alpha award, in 1995.
In January 1996, as a
Licensed Funeral Director, Curtis began his career at Wheeler Mortuaries,
serving the families of Springville and Mapleton, where he had been for 20
years before being made manager over Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary.
He feels it is his
"Calling" in life, not just his profession, to carry out with dignity
and honor the final services of those who have died.
Curtis is known by all
for his peaceful countenance, compassionate understanding and tender care for
those who have lost their loved ones. Directed and determined all his life, he
is now extremely accomplished in every aspect of what it takes to be an
excellent Funeral Director, father, and husband, all of which are very
important to him.
Curtis loves biking,
four-wheeling and camping. He is known for his funny sense of humor and his
unique and endearing love for his wife, April, and their nine children.