Roy Lynn Culver, 86, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at his home in Sunnyside.

Roy was born Aug. 19, 1924 at Jordan, S.D., the son of Ethel (Lufborough) and Edward R. Culver.

He moved to Washington State in October 1936. He resided in Outlook and went to the Outlook Grade School and Sunnyside High School. In his senior year, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in France, Germany and Czechoslovakia with the 16th Armored Infantry Division. He served with General Patton's 3rd Army.

He was Assistant Fire Chief of the Outlook Fire Department for 17 years. He retired in 1980 after working many years on road construction. He then worked at Hanford from 1982 until 1987 and retired again in 1987.

He was an active member of VFW Post 3482 in Sunnyside, VFW Post 7952 in Richland, and Post 63 in Boise, Idaho. He faithfully served on the Honor Guard for both the Sunnyside VFW and the Richland VFW.

On Oct. 10, 1980 Roy married June Hawk in Sunnyside.

Roy was a member of the First Christian Church in Sunnyside and the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Richland, where he lived before moving to Garden City, Idaho in 2006.

Roy is survived by his brother, Kenneth; stepchildren, Lyle and Duane Hawk, Donna Viray, Marlene Hawk and Margaret Martin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June Hawk Culver; mother, Ethel; father, Edward; brothers, Lowell, Jess and Bill; and sisters, Dorothy and Maxine.

Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m., and Monday, June 13, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 13, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Grandview and Tayor, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Roy's memory may contribute to Sunnyside VFW Post 3482 or Richland Post 7952 Honor Guard.

Those wishing to sign Roy's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.



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