A life-long resident of the Hood River Valley, Jack Culbertson was welcomed into this world by Todd and Emma Morrison Culbertson on Feb. 15, 1924.
Jack met the love of his life, Dorothy Kiel, when they were 17 and 16, respectively. Married on July 6, 1942, Jack and Dorothy celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this past July.
Jack was surrounded by his wife and children when he passed on the evening of Sept. 4, 2010.
Jack served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and the B-24 on which he served as armament gunner was shot down over Holland on Sept. 26, 1944. Captured by the Germans, he remained a prisoner of war until liberation.
He endured an 86-day march across Germany, covering more than 600 miles during the winter of 1945.
Jack and Dorothy raised three children in Parkdale: Larry, Steve and Debbie. The family grew to include 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Jack’s older brother, Harry, preceded him in death.
Retiring from Hanel Lumber Company in 1986, Jack and Dorothy enjoyed taking trips in their motor home and bowling several times each week. They are part of the Riverside Church family.
In 2003 Culbertson Park was named in his honor, located just blocks from Jack and Dorothy’s home in Hood River.
A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at Anderson’s Tribute Center on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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