Robert Gene McCulty, 83, Gallipolis (Kanauga Community), passed away at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2013, in the Holzer Assisted Living. Born December 5, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of the late Teddy A. and Marie Denny McCulty. He was a 1948 graduate of Rio Grande High School and served two years in the U.S. Army as a radio operator in Germany.
He retired from Huntington Local #317 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in December, 1991 after 41 years of service working on all the power houses in this area as well as Pennsylvania and Kentucky. He served as financial secretary for the I.B.E.W. for 14 years and was a member of the Apprentice Committee for 12 years.
Gene attended the Calvary Baptist Church at Rio Grande and was a Master Mason of Centerville Lodge #371 of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio with over 52 years of membership, Gallipolis Shrine Club, Alladdin Temple Shrine, Moriah Council #32 of Royal Select Masons, a 50+ year member of Pomeroy Chapter #24 Knights Templar, Gallipolis Chapter #79 of Royal Arch Masons, Rose Commandry #4, Ohio Valley Commandry #24 of Knights Templar, past member of Callipolis Chapter #283 of Ohio Eastern Star, Cliffside Golf Club, life-time member of Gallipolis Elks Club #107, a Kentucky Colonel, 33 year member of the N.R.A. and the Retired Members Group of I.B.E.W. #317 at Huntington, WV
He married Eliza Jane Stewart on July 11, 1953, in Ashland, Kentucky and she preceded him in death on December 5, 2012.
Surviving is his son, Robert (Cathy) McCulty of Gallipolis and his daughter, Linda White of Bidwell; grandchildren, Elizabeth (D.R.) Keeton, Andrea (Jake) Gannaway and Matthew White; great-grandchildren, Robbie Keeton and Ethan Gannaway; sister, Lois Stout of Bidwell; brother, Wayne (Jean) McCulty of Florida; sister-in-law, Judith McCulty of Gallipolis; brother-in-law, John Stewart of Columbus, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy G. McCulty; two uncles; and four aunts.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2013, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Vinton Rankin and Rev. Carl Ward. Interment will be in the Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m., Sunday at the funeral chapel.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.cremeensfuneralhomes.com