Culver, Robert Leroy (June 27, 1920 - April 8, 2003)

Robert Leroy Culver

Douglas Budget - April 16, 2003

Funeral services for Robert Leroy Culver, 83, were held April 11 at the North Hills Baptist Church in Lingle with Pastors Brad Eakins and Howard Roseberry co-officiating. Burial followed in the Jay Em Forest Mound Cemetery.

Mr. Culver died April 8 at his home in Jay Em. He was born June 27, 1920, in Hartington, Neb., the son of Raymond and Josephine (Fiedler) Culver. He attended eight years of grammar school in Irene, S.D. and then received his high school education from Yankton, S.D., graduating in June 1938.

He worked summers in the Black Hills for the Forest Service delivering supplies by pack mules to three fire lookout stations; Cicero Peak, Bear Mountain and Harney Park. He spent winters as a grocery clerk in Yankton.

He moved to Torrington in 1939, where he was a partner in the Trail Hotel until 1959. He married Rozella Holler Feb. 4, 1942, in Torrington.

He served in the Army from 1942 until 1945, when he was stationed in Europe during World War II. In 1947, he joined the 960th Company of the Wyoming National Guard at Torrington. He worked in the parts department at Guernsey until 1965. He resigned the commission of first lieutenant to assume a CEO position at the Oregon Trail Bank in Guernsey, where he remained until 1978. He then moved to Douglas, where he worked as a loan officer at Converse County Bank for eight years. He retired in 1987 and moved to Jay Em, where he spent many happy years.

He was affiliated with the First Baptist Church in Torrington, the Southern Baptist Church in Douglas, the North Hills Baptist Church in Lingle, and the Forest Mount Chapel in Jay Em. He was a member of the American Legion, a life member of the VFW and the Guernsey Lions Club in Guernsey.

He is survived by his wife Rozella of the family home in Jay Em; son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Jane Culver of Jay Em; daughters and sons-in-law Carol and Bruce Damrow of Jay Em and Bonnie and David Kinney, of Gillette; sister Vivian Dechand of Prosser, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Howard Culver.

Memorials may be directed to the Forest Mound Chapel and Cemetery at Jay Em. The Colyer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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