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Jerry Culbertson, of Shelbyville, Missouri, died at approximately 9 p.m., on May 23, 2007, in St. John’s Mercy Hospital, in Springfield, Missouri, at 62 years of age.
The son of Harold “Sonny” Dean and Catherine Woods Culbertson, Jerry was born May 1, 1945, in Shelby County, Missouri.
Jerry united in marriage with Judy Ray Bradley, a daughter of Melvin and Nina Bradley, of LaBelle, Missouri, on June 11, 1967, in Steffenville Christian Church, Steffenville, Missouri.
He was a graduate of the Bethel High School Class of 1963, Bethel, Missouri, and a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, Missouri. He taught science in Hamilton Junior High School, Hamilton, Illinois, and then taught biology and general science with the North Shelby School District for twelve years. He owned and operated the Shelbyville Elevator, Shelbyville, Missouri from 1980-1987. In 1990, he became a faculty member of John Wood Community College, Quincy, Illinois, and presently held the position of Department Chair of the Natural Sciences at JWCC.
A member of Bethel Christian Church, Bethel, Missouri, Jerry was also a member of the International Order of Gideons.
Riding and training Tennessee Walking Horses and being on the farm were among his favorite things to do. His joy came from being with his family, most especially his seven grandchildren, Hannah, Micah, Jeff, Dane, and Tate Culbertson, and Justin and Brittany Bigler.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Judy of Shelbyville, Missouri; two sons, Troy (Penny) Culbertson, of Canton, Missouri, and Todd (Emily) Culbertson, of Troy, Missouri; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth (Ron) Willis of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Janice Kay (Ted) Skiengel of Joshua, Texas.
His parents preceded him in death.
Michael Curtice and Jerry Kaiser officiated services at the Bethel Christian Church on Sunday, May 27, 2007 under the direction of Greening-Eagen-Hayes Funeral Home of Shelbina. Wes Tischer officiated at graveside of the Mount Zion Cemetery, northeast of Shelbyville, Missouri.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the International Order of Gideons, the Mount Zion Cemetery Fund or the Show-Me Christian Youth Home, LaMonte, Missouri, in care of Greening-Eagen-Hayes Funeral Home of Shelbina.