Dec. 6,1957 - May 16, 2011
Barry Dean Culbertson, died on May 16, 2011, at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco following a major heart attack. He was 53, Barry was born on Dec. 6, 1957, in Dayton, to Dean and Betty Morgan Culbertson.
Barry grew up on a wheat ranch north of Prescott. He attended Prescott School from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated from Prescott High School in 1976. He was an outstanding athlete and loved playing basketball and football. He played on the Prescott football team when they won the State B football championship his senior year. Barry married his high school sweetheart, Leslie, on June 30, 1979. He attended J.M. Perry Technical Institute then joined the family business, P.M.E. Inc., where he was the lead machinist for the next 35 years. After his parents retired, he assumed major responsibility for the business.
Barry is survived by his wife of 31 years, Leslie, at home in Walla Walla; daughters Jaclyn, husband Jeremiah Wolske, and grandson Carson of Boise; Amber and husband Marcus Stratton of Lakewood, Ohio; and Nicole and husband, Ryan Houk, and granddaughter, Davanee of Nampa, Idaho. He is also survived by his parents, Dean and Betty Culbertson and his sister, Cindy and husband Mike Wallace of Walla Walla as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was actively involved in Blue Mountain Community Church where he quietly served in a variety of ministries. Barry was more comfortable "behind the scenes" than in the spotlight. Barry and Leslie generously opened their home and formed lasting friendships with many people over the years. His children and grandchildren were the love of his life and Barry showed his "softer side" when he played with his grandchildren.
Our DAD was always willing to give everything he had to help out another or make another person happy. He was very gracious and patient. He was honest and truthful, even when it hurt, but would always be there to catch you when you fell. He was a man of few words, but once you got to know him, he was one of the silliest people you would have known. From dancing with his girls, to letting us do his hair and make-up, to playing shooting games with us and running around the house, or simply being there, a strong, stable force to keep us balanced, he was always there when we needed him.
We don't know what to say or how to thank him for all he did and sacrificed for us. He may not have been around tons while we were young but in the last 10 years or so, things changed. He enjoyed that we were all well adjusted adults with lives of our own and we learned how much he really had done for us. We each created a great bond with our father that will never be broken. We know you loved us, we know you loved to spend time with us and we know that we will forever keep you in our hearts and minds as we go through life without you. We love you and can't wait to be with you again!
Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, Wash. Private family interment will be at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life will be on Saturday, May 21, at 11 at Blue Mountain Community Church, 928 Sturm Ave., Walla Walla, Wash. A meal will be served in the fellowship hall following the service. Barry and the family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Christian Aid Center, through the funeral home.