Evert June Culling, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 in Omaha, Neb.
June was born in Utica, Mo., to Evert and Stella Culling and raised in this farming community.
He attended Chillicothe High School, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and went on to Southern Illinois College of Engineering. His education was interrupted when June entered the Navy in 1945 during World War II. He completed a Masters in Electrical Engineering after returning from the war and took a job with the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oaks, Md. From 1948 to 1955 he was a participant in the Defense Nuclear Agency’s atmospheric testing program where he analyzed the tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds, Bikini Atoll and Enewetak among others. It was at the Naval labs he met Helen Pauline (Polly) Gish and they were married March 9, 1952. In 1955, June took a position at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, La., in the Office of Operations Analysis where he worked on electronic countermeasures. While in Louisiana they had three children, Alison, Thelma and Dan.
In August of 1963, he accepted the position of Chief of Plans and Tactics Division at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Neb. While in Omaha, Polly and June had their 4th child Joan. June was a computer hobbyist, car mechanic, genealogist and renaissance man. June retired from Strategic Air Command in 1979.
He is survived by his daughter, Joan Culling Brown and her husband, Col Gary D. Brown (Ret) and their 4 boys: Edmund, Andrew, Thomas and Philip; his grandson, 1 Lt. Oliver C. Berglund and his wife Laurie Berglund and their son Gavin; his granddaughter, Andrea E Culling-Berglund; and his grandson, Brenton Culling.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Polly Culling; daughters, Alison Culling-Berglund and Thelma Culling; and son, Dan Culling.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Road in Omaha, with funeral services at 1 p.m. Graveside service will be Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Utica Cemetery in Utica, Mo.
The family has set up an engineering scholarship fund in his honor. Contributions to this memorial may be sent to: University of Nebraska Foundation, Evert J. Culling Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508, Phone:402-458-1100.
Arrangements by Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler, Omaha, Neb.