Jerrold D. Culver, 85, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 14, 2020, at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kansas. He was born on Jan. 29, 1935, in Freedom, Oklahoma, the son of Ervin Chester and Dorotha Ardella (Doud) Culver. He married Peggy Joan Reed on Oct. 15, 1955. She died on Oct. 12, 2020.
Jerry grew up around Alva, Oklahoma. Leaving home at an early age, he worked road construction throughout the Midwest. While working on Highway 96 from Dighton to Scott City he met his future wife. They lived and worked in Liberal for a short period and then returned to Dighton in 1958 where he worked at the Farmers Co-op Elevator. A flood in 1967 took Jerry to Fairbanks, Alaska, to help relocate his sister's family while repairs were made to their home, and he loved it.
In the summer of 1968 the Culver family re-located to Fairbanks with hope of employment on the Alaska Pipeline. He worked for Becker Drilling as a line wide foreman, where soil and geological samples were taken. These crews traveled the mainline right of way in roll-agon camps prior to the Haul Road being built. Post-pipeline, Jerry worked for the United Nations instructing and teaching offshore drilling in Thailand and Burma. Jerry finished his working career at the city of Fairbanks garage as a mechanic. He was responsible for maintenance of the fire trucks and ambulances.
Jerry was building beauty shops for his wife through out their life together. It seemed to him like every few years. Retiring in 2003, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid Harley rider. He belonged to the H.O.G. of Fairbanks. He loved to ride and meet people. There was not anyone he would not speak to and had a heart of gold. All manner of activities with his family were important to him, and he also enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage. He moved back to Kansas in 2016.
He is survived by his son, Donald (Buster) Culver of Fairbanks, Alaska; grandson, Caleb Culver, and granddaughter, Shyla Culver, both of Fairbanks; great-grandsons Ezra Culver and Orion Culver; son, Kirk and Diana Culver of Dighton; granddaughter, Vanessa Culver of Seattle, Washington; grandson, Cameron Culver of North Pole, Alaska; great-granddaughters, Harper and Charley, grandson Rick and Samantha Culver of Decatur, Illinois; great-grandson, Jerry Culver; great-granddaughter, Viviann Culver; two brothers, Gene Culver of Guymon, Oklahoma, and Kim Culver of Texarkana, Texas; and three sisters, Marion Sunderland of Fairbanks, Alaska, Wilma Ridgeway of Perry, Oklahoma, and Lakita James of Perry, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother, Norman Culver.
A memorial service for Jerry and Peggy will be held in late summer 2021 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.
Boomhower Funeral Home of Dighton, Kansas, is in charge of arrangements.
Published by Daily News-Miner on Jan. 14, 2021.