James D. “Jim” Culbertson Sr.

May 07, 1939 ‒ December 05, 2019

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Columbus, Ohio

James David “Jim” Culbertson Sr. 80, of Delaware passed away unexpectedly Thursday evening December 5, 2019 at his residence.

He was born May 7, 1939 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Raymond A. & Kathryn A. (Russell) Culbertson. Jim lived on Wetmore Road in Columbus until his third brother came along, and then mom & dad and the three boys moved to southern Delaware County in 1948, and had 5 acres of land for the family to grow up on. The boys were very active in 4-H, raising and selling livestock for the county fair, Jim and his brothers were also lifeguards for Eckel’s Lake during the summer months.  Jim attended the newly built Olentangy High School, where he lettered in both basketball and football. When he was not on the field or court; he managed to meet Peggy A. Hopper, and they hit it off  immediately. Jim graduated in 1957 from Olentangy High School. He would go on to marry Peggy two years later in September 1959.

Jim & Peggy started a family in Columbus, and had 3 boys to carry on the family name. Jim continued his education right after high school, attending The Ohio State University, and eventually earning a Degree from Franklin University in accounting, all while working a full time management position at Rockwell International and helping raise a family of three athletic young sons. He coached little league baseball and football for his sons as they were growing up. Once the kids were grown , and Jim was retired from Rockwell International after several years of service,  he and Peggy moved to Skiatook, Oklahoma.

Unfortunately Jim suffered a terrible loss in 2013, when his wife of 54 years passed away, due to an extended illness; and then four short years later losing his grandson Nathan Culbertson; he was also preceded in death by his brother John R. Culbertson; sister –in-law Carol Morgan.

Jim did find happiness again, returning to Delaware, and marrying his long time childhood friend  Karen (Ball), and they have spent 5 wonderful years together; in addition to his wife he is survived by his 3 amazing sons James D (Mary Jo) , Steven, and David (Angie) Culbertson; grandsons Alan, Alex, Will, and Avery Culbertson ; great- grandsons Carter and Korbin Culbertson; brothers Larry & Mikel (Sandra) Culbertson; sister Susan K. (Dan) Triplett; and sister- in-law Beth Culbertson; Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Jim was a man who enjoyed spending time with his family, and when the grandsons, and great- grandsons came along, they were inseparable. His family will remember him as the sweet and caring, husband, father, grandfather, and great- grandfather that he was.

Family and friends may join the Culbertson family Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 6:00- 8:00 pm at the Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio. Pastor Ryan Grace will officiate a Celebration of Jim’s life Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Kingwood Memorial Park

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards Alzheimer’s Association of Ohio, Delaware Branch, 39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015

To share a fond memory or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is serving the Culbertson family during this difficult time .

  • Mike & I send prayers & thoughts to Family & Friends ! We have so many priceless memories as a Family, from Family Reunions and to the Branson Fishing Trips ! Uncle Jim was a host to many family members and friends on the Branson Fall trips and a special trip to their home in Oklahoma! He continued year after year, hosting Fishing Trips and we were blessed to be a part of the trips year after year for quite some time ! This is not Goodbye, it is see you later. Rest now, on that Mountain Top in the Sky ! We love you and will miss you but we know along with our family members with you, we all have comfort knowing we have Special Guardian Angels watching over us ! 🙏❤️😇🙏

  • I want to say that for the last 2 years is all that I got to know Jim and Karen . I cleaned their house for them and they are such sweet , amazing, wondeful people. Jim was one of the most wonderful men that i knew he absolutely had a heart of gold and always shared kindness with me. Jim always kept a smile and went out of his way for anyone he adored his family and friends and he always would show off their pics and bragged about them . Jim had the biggest smile on his face when showing me the pics of his great grandson that he was so very proud of 💯. Jim will always be loved and missed by many but he definitely left everyone with a smile when his name and or memories come up . So sorry for the loss Karen and all his Family I know that it is so very devastating and and unexpected PRAYERS 🙏🙏🙏 for all and always remember that hes watching over all you and he wants you all to enjoy all the special times that you have shared with him . Enjoy all the love that he shared with you all ,and this is not Goodbye it’s the beginning of a great wonferful angel guiding you and protecting until we meet him again . R.I.H. JIM love ya and thanks for me having the chance to meet and be friend such a wonderful man.🙏

  • So sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. I have lots of memory’s of Jim and the Culbertson family. I lived just across the road from Jim and Ray his father on east Powell rd. I coached Baseball with him and our boys were playing baseball and many other activities together often. Condolences to Karen and the extended family.

  • So sorry for your loss Culbertson family. Lots of memories growing up with you in Ohio. Riding the school bus, going to football games at Olentangy; some of my memories. Our prayers are with you, Karen .

  • Sending our love and prayers to the family for the loss of your loved one. It is never easy but I hope you can find some comfort in remembering the fun, loving and happy times you all spent together. Thinking of you all during this time ~

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My heart and prayers are with you and your family, Karen, during this very difficult time. May God’s blessings be upon you as you continue your life’s journey.

  • I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Jim’s passing. I have so many great childhood memories and time spent with your family. My love, thoughts, and prayers are with the family during this time of loss.