(3-1-21) Tyler and Chace Curtis were both members of the High School wrestling and baseball team. The two brothers were killed in a single-car crash on Thursday (2-26-21).

Two weeks ago, Tyler was wrestling in the semi-state tournament, after he took third in the regional meet the week prior.

Police say the fatal car crash happened around 5:25 p.m. Thursday on CR 675 W south of SR 120 in Millgrove Township.

Deputies say the driver lost control after going over a hill at a high rate of speed. That’s when they say the car crossed the northbound lane, went off the road and hit a tree. The driver and his 14-year-old passenger were both ejected from the car.

Deputies say the 16-year old driver, Tyler Michael Curtis, died at the scene.

Friday morning, officials sent an update saying Tyler’s brother, 14-year-old Chace Curtis, had died from his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

Area schools showed their support on social media:

Obituaries –

Tyler Michael E. Curtis, age 16, of Orland, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021 near Orland, Indiana.

Obituary of Tyler Michael E. Curtis

He was born on March 16, 2004 in Angola, Indiana.

For those who knew Tyler Curtis, you know that he was born FIRST to Craig and Maria Curtis. This was no mistake; he HAD to be first. Not because he was selfish, but because he was a protector, a defender. Not just for his brothers Chace and Nate, but for everyone he cared about.

If Tyler loved you, he made sure you knew it. No matter who was around to see or hear, he always told you he loved you and you knew without a doubt that he meant it. But you didn’t have to be in his inner circle for him to show you kindness. Tyler, always the perfect gentleman, went out of his way to talk to and be nice to everyone…unless of course, you offended him, those he loved, or scuffed up his shoes. With impeccable taste and a meticulous appearance, Ty had a style all his own. He was even known to retire his favorite shoes simply because someone else purchased the same pair.

You couldn’t walk into a room without noticing Tyler Curtis. With blazing blue eyes, a contagious smile, and quick-witted humor he could charm anyone and most certainly did on quite a few occasions. After Tyler laid out his rationale, sweetness, and most sincere intentions, you simply gave up and walked away smiling, shaking your head, and believing that you, certainly not Tyler, had it wrong all along.

Tyler could not be outsmarted. His cool, calm, and collected nature was no doubt a product of having already read the manual, watched the tutorial, and studied the subject. Even as a baby, Tyler was a watcher. He would study everything around him and seemed to master the skill his first time around. In the unlikely event that it didn’t go as he planned, he would contemplate the advice of others with a polite nod, but already knew exactly what needed to be done.

Tyler embodied a quiet confidence. Okay, well maybe it wasn’t quiet. But it was most certainly an elegant, yet sturdy, poise. You never saw him sweat anything. You would never hear him say there was something he couldn’t do. If he was determined to accomplish something, he would grind it out with a finesse that made it appear effortless.

Leadoff hitters must possess certain characteristics. They need to be competent, controlled, and disciplined. They courageously go first so that those in the dugout can get a read on what is to come. They do whatever it takes to get on for the sake of the team. And sometimes, they have to be willing to lean into the pitch so the rest of the team has a chance to bring it home. From his first moment to the legacy he will leave behind, Tyler Michael E. Curtis was a true leadoff hitter.

Survivors include his parents, Craig and Maria Curtis of Orland, Indiana, a brother, Nate at home, grandmother, Cindy Curtis of Angola, Indiana, and grandparents, Steve and Donna Thompson of Angola, Indiana.

Tyler and Chace were preceded in death by a grandfather, Mel Curtis.

Visitation for Tyler and his brother Chace will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 12 pm until 3 pm and from 5 pm until 8 pm at the Prairie Heights High School Gymnasium, 0305 S 1150 E, LaGrange, Indiana 46761.

Funeral Services for Tyler and Chace Curtis will be held at 11 am Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Prairie Heights High School Gymnasium. Rev. Jon Bruney will officiate the services.

Chace Michael E. Curtis, age 14, of Orland, Indiana, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Obituary of Chace Michael E. Curtis

He was born on May 11, 2006 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

From the moment of his birth to Craig and Maria Curtis, Chace Curtis managed to shock (and though you never wanted to admit it) entertain with his shenanigans. Born unbeknownst to the rest of the family, his entrance was both grand and covert, and caused quite the stir which we can now laugh about and know that it was unequivocally Chace.

Being born the middle son, Chace made his presence known to all. Whether it was because he wouldn’t stop talking, or was putting on a performance, you couldn’t help but have at least one eye on Chace at all times. With Chace, there was no shortage of crazy stories to tell with him always playing the lead character.

Chace had a way with words. He knew exactly which ones to say to get under your skin and never seemed to run out of supply. He loved to dance that fine line between being offensive and hilarious. Just when he had pushed you to the line, he would charm and humor you to the point where all you could do was shake your head and walk away laughing (or screaming).

His antics were not solely used to entertain but to bring joy to those around him. He had THE best laugh that could cut through any mood. He was always willing to help others and make them feel special. Or at least make them laugh, especially if it was at his own expense. Chace’s style was a brand all his own. He sported his mullet, cowboy hat and boots, and Pit Vipers proudly, happy to capture any attention he drew.

Chace gave everyone a run for their money. His determination was exhausting for any who dared challenge him. Though he was fiercely competitive, he would be the first to shrug it off and make some joke that would leave you thinking he could care less. Unless he was competing with his brothers, Tyler or Nate.

Chace’s words, determination, and performance were unmatched. Chace was someone you could always count on. Even at 14, his determination, work ethic, and character stood out. He would never let you down and was always there for you. Once he pulled you in…you had him for life.

If Chace had it his way, he would have the last word, last laugh, and be the last batter of the inning. Maybe he liked the pressure of bringing it in, or the spotlight of being remembered. Knowing Chace’s heart, he didn’t want anyone else on his team to suffer the weight of a loss alone. He wanted to be the one to take it for the team, shoulder the burden, and encourage everyone to keep moving forward.

A catcher is a natural leader; he calls all the shots. A catcher has to be determined not to let anything get past them. A catcher has to know how to read the situation and react instantly. A catcher has to be tough. A catcher has to willingly sacrifice themself for the team, without question. A great catcher is not only a backstop, but he is the conductor of the field and always has your back. Chace Michael E. Curtis was a great catcher.

Survivors include his parents, Craig and Maria Curtis of Orland, Indiana, a brother, Nate at home, grandmother, Cindy Curtis of Angola, Indiana, and grandparents, Steve and Donna Thompson of Angola, Indiana.

Chace and Tyler were preceded in death by a grandfather, Mel Curtis.

Visitation for Chace and Tyler Curtis will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 12 pm until 3 pm and 5 pm until 8 pm at the Prairie Heights High School Gymnasium, 0305 S 1150 E, LaGrange, Indiana 46761.

Funeral Services for Chace and Tyler Curtis will be held at 11 am Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Prairie Heights High School Gymnasium. Rev. Jon Bruney will officiate the services.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions private burial will follow the services at Greenlawn Cemetery, Orland, Indiana.

Facial masks and social distancing requirements will be in effect for anyone wishing to attend the visitation or services. Please use good judgment in the length of your visit or if you are not feeling well go on our website and sign the guestbook with your condolences.

Per request of the Curtis family, NO flowers or memorial tokens will be delivered to the visitation or service.

If you would like to make any donations please send or deliver to:

#CurtisStrong827 Memorial Farmers State Bank 220 S Detroit St Lagrange, IN 46761