Obituary of Edwin J. Culver
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Our patriarch, husband and father Edwin J. Culver of Port Jervis died peacefully on December 29,2022. He was 98.
Ed was born in Newburgh, New York on December 1, 1924, the first of four children born to Lester and Evelyn Hedges Culver.
On September 2, 1950, Ed married Agnes Roorda in the Methodist Church of Otisville, NY. In 2020, they celebrated 70 wonderful years of marriage.
Dad loved to reminisce about his childhood and growing up in Westbrookville, NY. He attended a one room school house in Westbrookville and in Otisville he would graduate from high school, one of (11) in his class.
Ed proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (1943-1946), at sea in the Mediterranean on the U.S.S. Laub. The Navy would later prove Ed's culinary skills and ability. He was discharged from Lido Beach, Long Island where soon after he met his beautiful wife, Agnes.
Alongside his brothers together they would build and cultivate a successful business, Minisink Lanes which use to sit on Route 209 outside of Port Jervis. Later he would continue to work with his family retiring from Culver Motors in Port Jervis.
He was a Member of the VFW Tri State Naval Ship 7241, Masonic Lodge, one of the first members of the Westbrookville Fire Department, Westbrookville Rod & Gun Club and a devoted member of the Drew United Methodist Church.
He loved sports and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and NY baseball. Dad loved Jim Reeves and John Wayne. An avid hunter, fisherman, woodcrafter and mechanically inclined never afraid to get his hands dirty.
Ed will be remembered by his family and those that knew him for his humor, work ethic, generosity, integrity and loyalty. His personality was shining, his smile could reveal a mischievous twinkle.
He is survived by his wife Agnes. Sons Robert J. Culver (Lori) of Port Jervis and Ronald E. Culver (Annette) of New Paltz. His grandchildren Ronald E. Culver Jr. (Ellie) of Katy, Texas; Roger M. Howard (Erin) of Matamoras, Matthew Culver (Brittany) of Mechanicville and Eric R. Culver (Catie) of Raleigh. Great-grandchildren Caden, Kai and Ashton Culver of Katy, TX. His sister Carole Trafford (Chris) of the United Kingdom. Cousins Darlene Rassiga of Massachusetts, and Marilyn (Mickey) McMohan of Florida. Several cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and a host of friends.
He was predeceased by his daughter Susan E. Howard and her husband Roger A. Howard; grandson, Corey Kolvenbach; brothers: Lester Culver Jr. and William Culver; special aunt, Leona Ashworth; and special cousin, Marlene Roe.
In Ed's memory and for his love of dogs we invite you to make donations to the Humane Society of Port Jervis / Deerpark 202 US 209 Port Jervis NY 12771.
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