McMinnville resident and Warren County native Beachel Lee Curtis, 72, was born July 14, 1939 and died Sept. 14 at his residence following an extended illness.Mr. Curtis was retired from the United States Army where he served in Korea and Vietnam and was also chef/owner of Curtis’ Restaurant from 1982-1983, a truck driver for Toby Donalson’s Trucking from 1995-2005, and a member of the VFW. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1980 retiring as a dining facility master sergeant after cooking for 24 generals during the Vietnam War. In 1975, he received the ADA Best Mess Award and was commended for outstanding performance of duty with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Basic Combat Training Brigade and in 1976 32nd AADCOM Best Mess Award.He was the son of the late Arthur Martin and Myrtle Dodson Curtis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Tony and Rodean Curtis; sister Icalee Curtis Dowell; sister-in-law Helen Nunley Curtis ,and brother-in-law Murlyn Dowell.He was married April 21, 1984 to Melba Jean Rogers Curtis of McMinnville.