April 3, 2019 — D. Paul Culy, 97, of Florence, went to be with our Lord on March 27, 2019. He was born Oct. 27, 1921, in San Diego, Calif., to Frank and Bessie Culy. Paul joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served in combat during World War II on the D.E. 23 U.S.S. Charles R. Greer as a Sonarman Second Class.
Paul married June Loretta McCann in 1947 and they shared 52 years together.
Paul was a partner in Culy Transportation, the family trucking business started by his father. After, he continued working in the transportation business until his retirement.
Paul and June moved to Florence in 1998 from Santa Maria, Calif. Paul served as the Florence Senior Center president from 2007 to 2011. His leadership was instrumental in the funding and construction of the current senior center on Kingwood Street.
Paul is survived by daughter Barbara Caswell of Santa Maria, Calif.; sons Douglas Culy of Fresno, Calif., Brian Culy of Florence and Patrick Culy of Sweet Home, Ore.; and 10 grandchildren.
Paul is proceeded in death by his loving wife, June Culy; and parents Frank and Bessie Culy and four brothers.
Paul was well loved in his community and will be missed by many. At his request, private cremational rites were held through Burnss’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home with inurnment at Pacific Sunset Cemetery.