Richard W. Culbertson, age 58, died September 7, 2013 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a courageous but brief battle with cancer. He was born in Montrose, Colorado.
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Richard lived a rich and colorful life. As a young boy and man, Richard participated in many rodeos competing in every riding event he could, including junior bull riding. He was an active member of his high school 4-H and rodeo clubs, and assisted his father in demonstrating horsemanship to 4-H groups around the State of Colorado and at horse training courses at Colorado State University. Richard began his professional career as a jockey at the age of sixteen.
After a stint in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam war, he continued his profession as a jockey, racing in major races throughout the country and in Asia and Europe. As a jockey, he won a number of stakes races, especially on his favorite mount, Prince Valiant. Richard suffered numerous injuries as a jockey which eventually forced his retirement from racing.
In 1989 Richard came to Alaska and found the home of his heart. His love of animals led him to raising and training sled dogs, some of which ran in the Iditarod and in the Fur Rondy. He never lost his love for animals and the animals in his life returned that love.
Richard was predeceased by his parents, William Richard and Jean Culbertson. He is survived by his brothers Steven P. Culbertson and David M. Culbertson both of Colorado; his sons Richard W. Hutson and Byrron M. Hutson and his Daughter, Jessica Lynn Culbertson; his friends, James Andrew Brown and Janet L. Boivin. He is also survived by his beloved dog "Trix" and his feline pal, "Bounce".
Richard was truly a special person with a wry sense of humor and a fun-filled smile. He was always willing to help any who asked. Those who counted him friend were enriched by knowing him. At Richard's request no formal services will be held. Richard's ashes will be scattered at Beluga Point as he requested.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2013