Claude Culbertson

Calling hours

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, January 18, 2019
Frederick Bros Funeral Home
38422 NYS Rte 37
Theresa, New York, United States

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Frederick Bros. Funeral Home
38422 NYS Rt. 37
Theresa, New York, United States

Obituary of Claude W. Culbertson


Claude W. "Buck" Culbertson, 78, of Washington Street died Sunday January 13, 2019 at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Born June 28, 1940 to William and Vivian Filiatrault Culbertson in Antwerp, he attended school in Antwerp.

He was known as Dada, Daddy, Dad, Popee, PaPa, Gramps, Grandpa and Pops. He was respected and loved not only by his wife and twelve children and grands but by the hundreds of children he fostered during his forty-five years of volunteering for the Jefferson County Department of Social Services. He was DAD and he will be missed. His belief was that everyone deserves a chance. He not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. He didn't land on the moon or run for president but he was a hero to his family in a way all Dads should be.

He married Sharon Barkley September 7, 1966 in Juárez, Mexico.

Mr. Culbertson was employed with St. Regis Paper Company, later Champion International as a troubleshooter. He enjoyed his years traveling from mill to mill addressing manufacturing issues. He retired in 1995. He was a trustee at the Antwerp United Methodist Church for many years and a member of the Antwerp Fire Department for twenty-five years.

He was Mr. Fix It. From broken cars to broken hearts, with duct tape, bungee cords or love, he was your man.

Survivors including his wife, Sharon, of fifty two years, are sons: John J (Mary Jo) Hamlin, Kenneth (Casey), LaFargeville, Jay (Kim) , Antwerp, Kristian, PA, Jon Claud (Brittany), Antwerp, James (Candy), TN, Jesse, Antwerp and daughters; Kelly (Steve) Kisel, TN, Jodie (retired LTC Horace) Bowden, KY, Colleen (Shawn) Goodwin, MA, Jeanne (Steve) Barker, Copenhagen, Amber, an unofficial son, Harry Marks, MA, formerly of Belfast, Ireland, thirty grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren and Daphne, the dog. Also, five brothers; Glenn (Marilyn), Philadelphia, George (Luava), Greenwich, Clark (Elsie), Minot, ND, Roy (Karen), Calcium and Carl (Paula), Black River, a sister; Virginia Scott, LA; sisters-in- law, Molly Barkley, Carthage, Judy (Charles), NC. and Ricky Barkley, Watertown; brothers-in-law; Terry (Amy) Barkley, Carthage, Wayne Barkley, Watertown. Besides his parents he is predeceased by a grandson, Jordan Culbertson, brother-in-law, Norman Barkley and sister-in-law, Kathy Barkley.

A memorial service will be Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11 am at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa with Pastor Debbie Reed, Rev. Jason Winder and Carl Culbertson, brother officiating. A celebration of life will follow at the Antwerp American Legion.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 pm Friday, January 18, 2019 at the funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY, 13601 or the Antwerp Fire Department, c/o Charles Miller, Treasurer, P.O. 651, Antwerp, NY, 13608.

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