A Celebration for lifelong Lamar area resident, Alfred H. Culbertson, affectionately known to his family and friends as Al, took place at 2 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 27, 2013 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Reverend Jeff Alexander of the Calvary Baptist Church and Pastor Jose Varela of the Lamar Apostolic Assembly in the Faith of Jesus Christ Church co-officiating.
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Burial with full military honors followed at Fairmount Cemetery with the Lamar V.F.W. Post #3621 and the Lamar American Legion Post # 71.
Visitation for Al was held on Thu., Sept. 26, 2013 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Peacock Family Chapel.
Al was born on March 13, 1934 in Lamar, Colo. to Alfred Chester and Augusta May (Morton) Culbertson. He had six other siblings; Dottie, Mack, Loretta, Alpine, Frances and Gene.
Al met Josephine "Jo" as school aged children and often spoke of the days they would torment one another. As the years passed Al and Jo's friendship blossomed into a young romance. Al was drafted into the Army in 1953 and was deployed to Korea. While home on leave, Al and Jo joined hands in marriage on Feb. 17, 1955 in Raton, N.M.
This wasn't preplanned although Al knew he wanted to spend his life with Jo. Jokingly, Jo always reminds everyone that it was her five dollars that paid for the marriage certificate on that special day; and how well spent that money was. Once back from his military service in the Korean War Al worked for Frank and Iren Daugherty at Daugherty Heating & Plumbing.
Eventually Al and Jo welcomed the arrival of a son, "Chester" in June of 1958. Shortly following Chester was their two daughters Stephanie in July of 1962 and Deborah in March of 1964. He continued his service in the reserves until 1961. Meanwhile, Al also kept busy literally building the family home here in Lamar.
After Frank's passing, Al decided to open Lamar Heating & Plumbing in 1979 working as a Master plumber. He worked many plumbing jobs around Lamar; including the Lamar Community Building, the Prowers County Courthouse and the public schools. His work also took him out of town and we loved hearing him reminisce about his involvement at the Eisenhower Tunnel here in Colorado. He was always so proud of that job.
Al was also employed with Sutrak for a short while in the 80's and often spoke of traveling to Germany to work. Al definitely was a man that had no fear of getting his hands dirty to make a wonderful living for him and his family.
As years passed, Al helped in the raising of many of his grandchildren. In 1999 he and Jo adopted their great-granddaughter, Monique. They never hesitated in opening their doors to anyone and helping as needed.
In 1999 Al finally decided to retire his business, Lamar Heating & Plumbing; although you could still find him fitting in small jobs even though he said he was "retired." He also spent a great deal of time managing and doing upkeep of rental homes he owned.
In his free time he enjoyed going fishing, taking trips to Cripple Creek and watching his old "westerns" on television. He also enjoyed his pets. He always shared words of wisdom and enjoyed teaching others his skills. He truly was a kind man at heart and always spoke good words of others. Al's journey ended on Sept. 23, 2013 at his home in Lamar at the age of 79 with his family by his side.
Al is preceded in death by his parents, son; Alfred Chester Culbertson and his six siblings.
Al is survived by his wife; Josephine "Jo" Culbertson of the family home in Lamar, children; Stephanie Culbertson of Lamar, Deborah Luebbe of Utica, Neb. and Monique Culbertson of Lamar, as well as his seven grandchildren; Crystal Culbertson, Victoria (Ben) Gallegos, Cassandra (Jorge) Gonzalez, Jennifer (Dallas) Rench, Brandon McCarty, Jaclyn (Nathan) Culbertson Hole and Ayla (Adam) Kuil, sixteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lamar Area Hospice either direct or in care of the funeral home office.
Published in The Lamar Ledger on Oct. 4, 2013