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James O'Neil Culbert

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CULBERT, JAMES O'NEIL Mr. James O'Neil "Jim" Culbert, 83, of San Diego, died late Saturday afternoon in the Shands at Lake Shore Hospital in Lake City, Florida following a brief illness. A native and long time resident of San Diego, Mr. Culbert retired from Culbert Automotive Engineering, a firm he started upon returning from his service in WWII. He was a US Army Veteran having served in the landing at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the reconstruction of the bridge at the Rumachen River, enabling General Patton to enter Germany. Mr. Culbert was internationally known for his Sprint Race Cars having built and sold over 400 of them in his career. Jim was recently inducted into the Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa for his contributions to the sport. He built his first sprint car at the age of 15. Following retirement, Mr. Culbert began restoring antique cars. He participated in the First Great American Race from San Diego to New York City with his partner, Bill Evens. He currently owns six antique race cars and two 1911 Fords that he restored himself. Mr. Culbert attended the La Mesa First Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jim is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise Culbert; four stepsons, Charles Anderson, Boston, Massachusetts; David John Anderson (Mary), Jamul, California; Joe Rogers, Jr., (Renee), and James W. Rogers, both of La Mesa, California; four stepdaughters, Debra Inman, Goose Creek, South Carolina; Amanda Grooms (Raymond), Live Oak, Florida; Polly Bilger (Jeffery), La Mesa, California and Elizabeth Ann Doosenberry (Siguard), Del Mar, California and his father-in-law, Clemson U. Tairney, Lake City, Florida; fourteen grandchildren and seven-great-grandchildren also survive. The family will receive friends Thursday and Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. at Greenwood Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Ave. San Diego. Funeral services for Mr. Culbert will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 31, 2004 at the La Mesa First Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5555 Aztec Dr. Entombment will follow in Greenwood Mausoleum. Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on July 27, 2004
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