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George Culbertson

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SAN JOSE - George Harrington Culbertson, 86, of rural San Jose died and passed on to eternity at 3:50 a.m. March 30, 2013, at his home.

He was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Peoria to Albert L. and Hazel Harrington Culbertson. He married Dona Jane Holmes on Nov. 3, 1946, at First Presbyterian Church in Delavan, and she survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Kathy (Michael D.) Morris of Tremont; one son, Michael A. (Trisha) Culbertson of Mason City; two sons-in-law, Jim Reese of Delavan and Tom Hammel of Springfield; one daughter-in-law; Debbie Knuppel of Delavan; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Ellen Reese and Ruth Hammel; one son, Ed Culbertson; one infant brother, William Joseph Culbertson; one brother, Albert Culbertson; and one grandson, Neil Reese.

George attended Delavan schools, the University of Illinois and Bradley University.

In 1951, Dona and George moved to the family farm in Malone Township, rural San Jose, living there the rest of his life. He farmed for 56 years and raised their five children there.

George entered military service on Jan. 22, 1945, serving with the 24th Infantry Division, 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion. He served in Mindanao, Philippines, then in Japan, Honshu and Kyushu Islands Army of Occupation, attaining the rank of sergeant. George was discharged Nov. 21, 1946.

He was a lifelong member of Delavan First Presbyterian Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder. He served The Presbytery of Peoria on the board of National Missions, Presbytery of Great Rivers on the mission department, new church development and church redevelopment task force and the Presbytery Commission to the Morton Presbyterian church.

George served on the board of Common Place Peoria. He was a member of American Legion Post 382 for over 50 years, serving as post commander and county adjutant. George loved to serve the Lord through his church and in various projects, including Common Place.

George was a lifelong White Sox fan. He and Dona loved attending many, many sporting events of their children and grandchildren.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Delavan. The Rev. Paul Kucera will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, also at the church. Burial will be in Prairie Rest Cemetery in Delavan. Davis Mortuary in Delavan is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Common Place, 514 S. Shelley St., Peoria, IL 61605.

To express condolences online, visit www.davismortuaryinc.com.


Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 1, 2013
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