William Elsworth (Bud) Culler

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

William Elsworth Culler, 82, of Peculiar, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, in Kansas City. He was born March 15, 1932, in Nevada, to William Bunyan and Marie Frances (Leer) Culler. He was united in marriage to Donna Marie Maring on Aug. 4, 1952, in Nevada, and she survives of the home. Together, they became parents of two sons.

William graduated from Nevada High School and then went on to serve our country in the United States Navy, until his honorable discharge on Oct. 30, 1959. Following his military time, William and Donna settled in Wichita and then spent time in Kansas City, before moving to Peculiar in the early 1970s, making that area their home since that time. Throughout his life, William worked mostly as an auto mechanic and also in auto sales. His last employment was with West Central, based out of the Belton-Raymore area, where he worked as maintenance supervisor until his retirement. His hobbies mostly mirrored his work background. He loved hot rods, both working on them and driving them -- the faster the better, and he loved to ride motorcycles and was always known to be an extremely private person.

Aside from his wife, Donna, survivors include two sons, Michael Eugene Culler, of Lawrence, Kan., and Mark Allen Culler and Rebecca of Clinton; two grandchildren, Jeremy Michael Culler and Annette, of Butler, and Jennifer Angela Marie Culler of Lawrence; one great-grandson, Jaxon Michael Culler; two sisters, Ruth Wells and Dorothy Jane Hicks; and one brother, John Culler. William was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Donna.

Graveside services for William Elsworth Culler are scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, May 9, at the Milo Cemetery, in Milo, Mo. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home.

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