Everett Culp

BELLEFONTAINE – Everett E. Culp, 91 of Bellefontaine, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 11:00 am in Mary Rutan Hospital where he had been a patient since Monday.

Born April 30, 1923, at home near Rushsylvania, he was a son of the late John Otto and Clara Lucrectia (McAdams) Culp and was a lifelong resident of Logan County.

Everett attended Belle Center Schools and graduated from Rushsylvania High School in the class of 1941. He entered the Army Air Corps on December 3, 1942 and served his country during WWII as a radio operator on a B-17 with the 303rd Bombardment Group. His plane was shot down, and he spent 13 months in the Stalag 17B German prison camp until liberated in June 3, 1945. He retired in 1988 as a pressroom superintendent at The Bellefontaine Examiner having worked there 37 years.

He was a lifelong, active member of the Rushsylvania United Methodist Church and was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Rushsylvania Troop 51. He was also a member of the 303rd Bomb Group (H) Association Inc., The Eighth Air Force Historical Society Inc. and the Logan County Historical Aviation Organization. He served the Rushsylvania community as Mayor and Water Board Member. Everett had a lifelong love of flying and aircraft and was a member of the Top of Ohio Pilots Association. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He married Ella Jane Ramsey on August 22, 1942 and she preceded him in death in 1990. They were the parents of three surviving children, Russ (Edwina) Culp of Dothan, Alabama, Ed (Judy) Culp of West Mansfield and Linda Kerns of Bellefontaine.

Also preceding him in death was his son-in-law, Jeff Kerns, and brothers, John and Carlos Culp and a sister, Virginia Miller.

Other survivors include his wife of 19 years, Merrilyn Kline Gallentine Culp and step-daughters, Dr. Kathleen (Bjorn) Gallentine-Mossberg M.D. of Houston, Texas, Anita (Rodger) Collins of New Lebanon, OH and Diana (John) Johnson of Willard, Ohio; his siblings, Miriam Curler, and Carl and Bill Culp all of Rushsylvania; nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, six step grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rushsylvania United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gene Phelps officiating. Burial will follow in the Rushsylvania Cemetery with military honors by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine and at the church one hour prior to services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rushsylvania United Methodist Church, 152 Rush, Rushsylvania, Ohio 43347.

The EICHHOLTZ FUNERAL HOME handled the arrangements and condolences may be expressed at

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Bellefontaine, OH 43311
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Published in Weekly Currents from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2014
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