Curtis A. Karvala – Virginia Beach
Captain Curtis A. Karvala, U.S. Navy Retired went to be with the Lord on October 9, 2011. He was born in Eveleth, MN on April 2, 1930. He attended Eveleth HS and Junior College. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952. After serving aboard USS TINGEY DD-539 in the Korean Conflict, he went to Navy flight training earning his Naval Aviator’s wings in 1955. He had tours in the following fighter squadrons, VC-4, VF-74, VX-4, VF-33, and he was Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron 31. Other Navy tours of duty included the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School acquiring a graduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Armed Forces Staff College, Carrier Air Wing FOUR, Executive Officer of the USS AMERICA, Bureau of Naval Personnel, and Commanding Officer of the USS SHREVEPORT LPD-12. He retired from active duty in 1975 having completed 28 years of Naval service.
Captain Karvala was a member of Virginia Beach Community Chapel where he taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. He was an avid golfer and loved to fish. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Merryana nee Merryana Wesson of Corpus Christi, TX; two daughters, Susan Hill and husband Whit, and Leslie Boughton, both of Virginia Beach; son Chris Karvala and wife Kim, also of Virginia Beach; and son David Karvala and wife Wendy of Kitty Hawk, NC; twelve grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren and sister Gail Hallstrom of Eveleth, MN. A memorial service will be conducted at Virginia Beach Community Chapel on Friday, October 14 at 2 pm with the Rev. Mark Scharfe officiating. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cremate.org.