September 7, 1923 – August 19, 2012
Vernon Culp, beloved husband of Marjorie Doreen Culp of Irricana, AB, passed away on August 19, 2012 at the age of 88 years.
Vernon was born to William and Bertha Culp (nee Deeter) on September 7, 1923 in the family home west of Irricana, AB – the community in which he spent his long and blessed life. He was raised on the farm that was homesteaded by his mother’s family (Jonas Deeter). He was very actively involved in the Brethren church as a youth leader and lay minister and loved many sports, with baseball, hockey, tennis and golf being his favourites. (He said he could have been a decent golfer if left-handed clubs were not so hard to get in the 30’s and 40’s!) He was even known to have participated in local theatre back in the day! After operating a trucking company with his brother Evertt, he purchased the homeplace and began farming, a career that he was involved in right up to his passing. Vernon married Marjorie Seymour in 1957 and together they raised four children: David, Brian, Marvin, and Shannon. His family was both his greatest blessing and his greatest curse at times, but he supported them in every way possible by coaching, mentoring, and encouraging them with whatever endeavours they pursued. When the family got old enough to look after the farm, Marjorie and Vernon took to traveling extensively to six continents, including Communist Russia and China, the Holy Land several times, as well as across Canada and the United States. Vernon was the movie camera man, while Marjorie took the photographs. They relived these trips with family and friends many times through movie and slide shows, complete with Vernon’s “old fashioned” popcorn – it had to be made with lard on a very hot stove in his special popcorn pot. As his farming contribution became limited to “book keeper” and advisor in recent years, he never stopped being a vocal coach for the Jays, Flames, and Stampeders, and any other team that riled him up, right up until the final whistle. Vernon lived a very full and productive life, and resided on the farm he built right up until the end – that was always a “not-so-secret” desire of his.
Vernon is survived by sister-in-law Isobel Culp; and brother-in-law Rolf Gilberg; as well as sons, David, Brian (Annette), and Marvin (Sharon); daughter Shannon (Fred) Punkert; seven granddaughters, Sheila Punkert (Gord McKie), Candace (Derek) Keller, Tiffany (Josh) Mitchell, Ashton Culp, Stephanie Culp (Logan Crawford), Holly Culp, and Brette Culp; and two great-grandchildren, Avery Crawford and Simon Mitchell; nephew Glen (Janice) Culp; and nieces, Carol Hasse and Diane (Grant) Summach. He was predeceased by his wife Marjorie; sister Vera Gilberg; brothers, Ivan and Evertt; and sister-in-law Mary Culp.
Funeral Services will be held at Irricana United Church (Hwy 567, twelve miles east of Airdrie or five miles west of Irricana) on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Irricana United Church Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Vernon’s name to Irricana United Church Building Fund, Box 128, Irricana, AB T0M 1B0 or the Irricana Lions Centennial Park Fund, Box 325, Irricana, AB T0M 1B0.
In living memory of Vernon Culp, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: (403) 948 1100Print This Obituary & Condolences