SIKESTON - Edgar I. Culbertson, 77, died at 1:20 a.m. April 29, 2003, at his home.
Born Aug. 6, 1925, in Sikeston, he was the son of the late Earl and Elizabeth Johnson Culbertson. When he was a student at Sikeston High School, Culbertson decided to enlist in the Army. On Sept. 24, 1942, at Jefferson Barracks, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Company I, 66th Army, 2nd Armored Tank Division. A corporal in the Army, he fought in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe during World War II, and also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The soldier was awarded five Bronze Stars for those campaigns, three Overseas Service Bars and the Victory Ribbon. He returned home and was discharged from the Army on Dec. 28, 1945.
Following his discharge from the Army, Culbertson returned to Sikeston High School where he completed his last two years of education, graduating with the Class of 1947. He worked for the Max Ellison Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Company and was a journeyman and sheet metal worker for Sheetmetal Workers Union Local 36 in St. Louis from 1963 to 1988.
On May 8, 1947, he married Margaret Jane Middleton, who preceded him in death on March 24, 1976.
He and Nedria McCain Vanover were married Aug. 11, 1984, in Sikeston. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons, John E. Culbertson of Sikeston and Tim Culbertson of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Cathy Vent of Jackson, Tenn., and Barbara Culbertson of Sikeston; two stepdaughters, FerRonda Staggs and Kim Propst of Sikeston; one brother, Paul D. Culbertson of Sikeston; and 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were one son, David Culbertson; two stepsons, Curtis Vanover and Eddie Vanover; and two brothers and one sister.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, where services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Jerry Adams, pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate.
Pallbearers will be: Don Wissman, Paul Dirnberger, Donnie Dirnberger, Ellis Rhodes, Melvin Rhodes and Jim Eftink.
The Missouri Military Funeral Honor Guard Unit will conduct graveside military rites at Garden of Memories Cemetery.