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Emery C. Culbertson 1945-2013

September 24, 2013
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Emery C. Culbertson of Emmetsburg was held Saturday, Sept. 21, at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Louie Q. Gallo officiated.

Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Emery Carter Culbertson, son of Merle and Edna (Meyer) Culbertson was born Sept. 18, 1945 in Kossuth County, Iowa. He received his education in Ringsted, graduating from Ringsted High School in 1963.

Following high school Emery moved to Minot, ND, where he worked on the Minuteman Missile Sites for the United States Army.

After returning to Iowa, Emery began working for Emmetsburg Electric and later Emmetsburg Cable Companies. After a short time in Minneapolis, Emery was employed at Durnell Engineering in Emmetsburg where he stayed until they closed. He then went to work at S.N.C. and was most recently delivering flowers for Saxton's Greenhouse.

On Feb. 4, 1983 Emery was united in marriage to Rosemary Zeigler at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. They spent many fun-filled years together with their family and friends.

Emery was not a guy to sit idle for very long unless he was reading, which he enjoyed a great deal. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was very talented in archery. He had recently received a digital camera as a gift and had begun to truly enjoy photography, especially taking photos of the birds around his home. Emery loved the outdoors and looked forward to caring for his flowers. He really liked purple flowers but that may have been a result of his love for the Minnesota Vikings.

Emery was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg where he served on the S.P.R.C. Committee and was very involved in the Bible book studies. Emery enjoyed being a member of Kiwanis. He also volunteered three days a week at the Palo Alto County Hospital. He loved his time there trying to make people's days a little bit brighter.

All of Emery's family and friends will remember him for his humor. He loved playing cards and Cribbage and never missed his 9 a.m. Casey's coffee group.He was an example of kindness, love and sharing for everyone that knew him.

Emery passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, at the age of 67. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Francis Culbertson, Lyle "Speed" Culbertson and Gordon Culbertson.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary of Emmetsburg; his children, Renay Hauswirth of Emmetsburg, Ronda (Russell) Boekemeier of Rockford, and Dena (Brian) Bierstedt of Norwalk; his grandchildren, Curtis Boekemeier, Megan Hauswirth, Brandyn Hauswirth, Kaleb Bierstedt and Kendal Bierstedt; siblings, Shirley Nelson of Orleans, Larue Bradshaw of Arnolds Park, Kathleen (Donald) Quastad of Estherville, Sylvia (Chet) Tabor of Lewisville, TX, Garry (Kathy) Culbertson of Estherville, Sandra (Darrel) Walsh of Edgemont, AR, Danny (Joyce) Culbertson of Edgemont, AR and Connie (Robert) Monk of Roanoke, IL; sister-in-law, Dolores Culbertson of Ringsted; brother-in-law, Dan (Betty) Zeigler of Emmetsburg; several nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.

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