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Edwin Eugene Culp

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Culp Edwin Eugene Culp, 90, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2017. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Edwin Culp. Edwin was born December 31, 1926 on a farm in Ford City, Pennsylvania. Edwin received The American Legion Certificate of School Award from the Pleasant View High School Ford City, PA. After leaving the farm at age 18 he graduated from Pittsburgh University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. He then completed flight training with the United States Air Force, his dream was to become a pilot before WWII ended. Edwin then took a job with North American Aviation (Rockwell International) where he has served for over 35 dedicated years. Edwin became the Director of Engineering and Research Development during his 35 years of service. Edwin received many awards and letters of accomplishments from the Aeronautical Systems Division, Advanced Tactical Systems and the USAF. After retiring from Rockwell, Edwin received a letter of achievements and accomplishments from former President Ronald Reagan. Which he proudly hung in his office. Following his retirement he loved to travel with his beloved wife Bonnie. They both worked very hard during their careers. They also took residency in Fort Myers, FL as well as Columbus, Ohio. Together they enjoyed the sun shine of Florida and numerous friends. Edwin was loved by many for his generosity, great sense of humor and his political views. He was a longtime member of Central College Presbyterian Church and the Rockwell Retirement Men's Group. Edwin loved playing golf, building grandfather clocks, watching his granddaughter, Madison Dutton, play soccer and grandson, Colby Dutton, run track. Enjoyed landscaping, and spending time with his great-grandchildren and family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Jessie Culp, his loving and beloved wife Bonnie (Bowser) Culp of 54 years, daughter Suzanne Culp Kraut (52), Merle Culp, Julia Grimm and Martha Hodd. Edwin is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Culp-Dutton (Richard Allen, Jr.); grandchildren, Madison Dutton, Colby Dutton, Michael Kraut, and Andrew Kraut; great-grandchildren, Carson, Bentley, and Damien; son-in-law, Chris Kraut and Carl Culp and Richard Culp. His family will receive friends Wednesday, July 12, from 5-7 p.m. at COTNER FUNERAL HOME, 7369 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, with his service to follow at 7 p.m. Flowers to be sent to the funeral home. Messages may be sent to his family by visiting www.cotnerfuneralhome.com.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 9, 2017
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