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James JW Culbertson
December 9, 2023
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James William Culbertson (JW) 74 of Parker, Colorado passed away from natural causes December 9, 2023. JW was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico March 10, 1949. He was preceded in death by his dearly beloved wife, Kathy (Sharp) Culbertson, his parents Jim and Alice-Louise Culbertson, grandparents William and Esther Redmond and Walter and Myrtle Culbertson. He is survived by sister, Candace York, husband Gale and their two daughters Emily Villas Richards, husband Brian and Erin Parks, husband Tom, sister-in-law Linda Garland, husband Mike, children Matthew Garland and Kirstie Rivard, husband Dan, sister-in-law Kay Schreiber, husband Gerald, daughter Robin Price, brother-in-law Tim Sharp, wife Patty, daughters Sara Rushman, husband Josh, Kari Sharp and Cale Werner, and many great nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his loving dogs, Jeff, Scott, and Dave (The Beasts).
JW went to school in Albuquerque. He loved history and math. After his graduation in 1967 he joined the Army and served in the New Mexico National Guard. He then joined the Albuquerque Police Department where he served for over twenty years. He married Kathy Sharp, the love of his life, on February 1, 1981. They made their home in Rio Rancho until his retirement from the police force, and then they moved to Aurora, Colorado closer to Kathy's roots. JW worked at several jobs most recently for CenturyLink for over 20 years. Kathy and JW later moved to Parker and joined Calvary Chapel Parker. They were very involved with the church and made two trips to the Holy Land. The trips were life changing for the both of them. He and Kathy loved to travel, and help out on the family ranch.
JW was curious, loved learning and never met a stranger that didn't quickly become a friend. Candy recalled on their trip across the ocean to meet their Dad stationed in Germany. JW made friends with the sailors on the ship and addressed the Captain by saluting him and saying “Ahoy, Sailor!” At another time on the ship, they were outside watching the waves. JW had a red ball he was playing with and he decided to toss it into the ocean. They were both surprised when the ocean tossed it right back. He tried to toss it again but the ocean decided to keep it that time.
JW was a very caring and giving man with a great love of family. He had a sense of humor, JW style, and kept people laughing with tales from his time in the police department. He will be greatly missed.