January 27, 1933—February 18, 2018
Richard Ellis Culver went to be with our Heavenly Father on February 18, 2018. He was born in Montrose, Colorado on January 27, 1933 to Cleo and Minnie Culver. He was the second eldest of 12 siblings; Ralph, John, Robert, Frank, Leonard, Emma, Betty, Donnell, Patsy, Mildred, and Oliver.
He was raised in Montrose, Colorado and when he graduated from high school, he enlisted into the U.S. Air Force. Richard served from February 1952-February 1956 and was honorably discharged with the National Defense Service Medal, German Occupation Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. He served in Europe during the Korean Conflict, during which, he married Jonna Maigaard. Together they had 5 daughters; Bernice, Johanna, Linda, Debbie, and Anita.
Upon separation, Richard moved to Nevada to work construction in Ely, Battle Mountain and Elko. He married (and later separated from) Bernice Carskaddon and had another daughter, Melinda. Richard worked for Great Basin College, formerly, Northern Nevada Community College as a Building and Grounds Superintendent. He taught construction classes for many years sharing his vast knowledge and experience, and several buildings on campus were built as a result of these classes. Richard retired from his position after 20 years.
Richard married the love of his life, Glenda Johnston, in June of 1988 and they made their home in Elko, Nevada where they resided until his passing. Richard was a member of the Elko Lions Club, where he served in many leadership positions including President and Zone & Region Chairman. He was also a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and was a Sunday school teacher for 4–5-year-olds at Calvary Baptist Church.
During his life, Richard enjoyed building construction, hunting, fishing, camping, dancing and spending time with family.
Richard is survived by his wife Glenda; sisters Betty Richburg and Mildred Cox; brother in-law Jim Johnston and wife Caroline; children Johanna and Jim Stealy, Debbie Livingston, Anita Culver, Melinda and Pablo Mendez, Tammy Ortman and Brenda Penrod; grandchildren include: Brent and Jason Stealy, Amber Dolan, Jennifer Fendt, Kodie Sluder, Katrina, Andrea and Mateo Mendez, Larry Ortman, Candace Conner, Eysha Penrod and many great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard requested that there be no official funeral service, however, an open-house is planned for Friday February 23rd, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church from 2pm-6pm. Please come and celebrate Richard’s life. Church Address: 577 Walnut St, Elko NV 89801.