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Clifford Culver

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Clifford Ray Culver, age 87 passed away at his home in Goldendale with two of his daughters by his side on November 22, 2012 due to complications of COPD and congestive heart failure. He tenaciously battled Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for 17 years.

Clifford was born July 20, 1925 to Harry and Lily Culver in Cottage Grove, Ore., the youngest of five children. The family moved to Goldendale when Cliff was 3, where he lived for the rest of his life. While in school he was on the football, basketball and track teams. During his senior year he played his last two football games after being sworn into the army in Portland, Ore. He served in World War II from Sept. 24, 1943 until he was honorably discharged on Dec. 8, 1945. He served as a replacement with the 90th Division. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After returning home from the service he married Maxine Reed in 1948 and together raised four children in the home they built together. Camping, agate hunting, ice skating and festive Christmas’s were a few of the things they enjoyed together.

After the service he worked a couple indoor jobs until he realized he needed to work outdoors, at which point he applied for and was hired by the State of Oregon to work at the Highway Department. He worked there for 30 years, retiring in 1979 at the age of 55. At times he worried that he had retired too soon but it didn’t take him long to find that the rewards of spending time with family and friends was more important than making money. As treasured family and friends passed away he would often comment on how he wouldn’t have been able to spend so much time with them if he was still working nor would he have been able to spend so much time with the grandchildren he adored. He filled his years of retirement sharing many hunting, camping and fishing trips with family and friends, training his dogs as well as attending numerous school sporting events dressed head to toe in purple and gold. Memories of a trip to Alaska with his dear friend Ina was a story often shared. In his late 70’s he began attending World War II Army reunions with his daughter Jill, events he thoroughly enjoyed. He was a member of the American Legion and lifetime member of the Goldendale Booster Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Lily Culver, wife Maxine Culver, brother Henry Culver, sisters Lily Saunders and Verna Ramsby, and Sharon Kuhnhausen (daughter of long time companion Ina Marvel.)

Clifford is survived by his sister Viola Miller, Portland, OR, his son Kevin Culver (Jean) of Oro Valley, AZ, and children, Amy Carlton (Robert), Tracy Wilson (Gregory) and Nicole Schneider (Jeff), daughters Karen McCarroll, Goldendale, WA and children Kyle, Leah Smith (Oliver), Rhonda Ward (Steve) of Puyallup, WA and daughter Marlee, Jill Peak (Steve) of Spokane, WA and children Jesse and Eli, and two great-grandchildren, numerous beloved nieces and nephews, along with his loving companion Ina Marvel and her children, Judy Johnson (Mike), Ken Marvel (Dianne), Karen Forbes (David), Clinton Marvel (Patti) and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Father’s House Fellowship, 207 S. Klickitat Ave. on December 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Following the service there will be a time of food and fellowship at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift, donated to Haven Coffee c/o Adonai’s Book Store 915 S. Columbus Ave, Goldendale, WA 98620, would be very kind.

 

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