SEARSPORT – Joshua W. Curtis Jr., of 20 West Main St., died Sunday, March 9, 2008, after a long illness. He was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Portland, the son of Orilla (Whitcomb) and Joshua W. Curtis Sr. He attended school in Searsport, graduating in 1943 as valedictorian of his class. He entered the U.S. Army in 1943, serving in the Medical Corps. After being discharged, he attended Bowdoin College, graduating in 1950 cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then served another tour of duty in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served in both the European and Pacific theaters and received three campaign stars. After his discharge he lived in South Portland, where he taught history at Mahoney Junior High for 31 years. He then retired to his family home in Searsport, where he was very active in the First Congregational Church. He took great pride in the restoration and maintenance of the church organ. The new vestry was named Curtis Hall in honor of him and his father. He was also well known as one of the leading historians of the town. His many hobbies included photography, playing the piano and flower gardening. He is survived by several cousins and a large church family. He lived with his cousin, Arthur Curtis and his wife, Lorraine, during the last year of his life. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Congregational Church, with a luncheon after the service. There will be a burial service in the spring, at the family plot at Gordon Cemetery, Searsport. Donations may be made to First Congregational Church, 7 Knox Brothers Ave., Searsport, ME 04974. Arrangements are being made by Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.