Llewellyn "Red" Culbert

Llewellyn "Red" Culbert, 80, of Coloma, died Friday evening, Feb. 22, 2008 at the Wild Rose Community Hospital, after a short illness.

He was born in West Allis on May 7, 1927, the son of Llewellyn and Grace (Watts) Culbert.

In January of 1949, he married Cynthia Hessler of Milwaukee, and they just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Culbert grew up in the Milwaukee area and attended Hampton Grade School and later went to Menomonee Falls High School.

In 1947 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Phillipines.

Mr. Culbert lived in Milwaukee many years, working as a truck driver and a city bus driver.

In the 1960s the couple moved first to Random Lake and then to rural Newburg where he started a candle and gift shop in a barn.

This business was later moved into West Bend and became the Flame Bridal Shop.

He was well known for his bridal shows which he introduced and promoted as "bridal showcase" in a five-county area.

Upon retiring, he built his own home in rural Coloma, a lifelong dream he had.

After his retirement, Mr. Culbert became interested in the hobby of toy trains and joined the Train Collectors Association, participating in many train shows in Illinois and Minnesota.

Due to health factors, he was unable to continue this the past few years.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; three daughters, Linda (Ken) Metz of Arizona City, Ariz, Christine (Ronald) Depies of Random Lake and Patricia (Ron) Jung of West Bend; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Luella Zaborowski of Crivitz; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and a son, Louie Culbert.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church, Coloma, with Rev. Bill Dow officiating.

A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wautomafuneralhome.com.

The Leikness Funeral Home, Wautoma, assisted the family with arrangements.