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Ronald Leroy Culver

July 5, 1941 — August 19, 2023


Ronald Leroy Culver

Ronald Leroy Culver, a beloved father, teacher, and artist, passed away on August 19, 2023 at the age of 82, surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Rocklin, California. He was born on July 5, 1941, in Longmont, Colorado to Robert "Bob" Culver and Helen (nee Brink) Culver.

Ron dedicated the majority of his teaching career to nurturing the minds of students in combination classes of 4th to 6th graders. In the later years, he transitioned into a "classless" teacher, focusing on handling networking and computer labs within the school district. His commitment and passion for education left an indelible mark on countless young lives.
Outside the classroom, Ron found joy in creating beautiful memories with his family. On weekend mornings, he would surprise them with delicious pancakes that brought smiles to their faces. He would sing and play his guitar at night to put Eric and Colleen to bed. He actively participated in activities such as Scouts with Eric and Indian Princesses with Colleen. He filled the house with laughter and love. During every Christmas break, he gathered the family around the fireplace to put puzzles together, a love he carried on with his granddaughter Tatijane.

Graduating from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor's of Art degree was one of Ron's proudest accomplishments. His thirst for knowledge was insatiable, and he carried an appreciation for art throughout his life. Until his essential tremor made it too challenging to continue, Ron expressed his creativity through various mediums such as watercolor (his favorite), oil painting, scratchboard, stained glass, woodworking, and glass blowing which led into jewelry making.

Ron's warm sense of humor endeared him to everyone he encountered. Though some referred to him as a "smart ass," his daughter knew him best as the kindest and gentlest soul she had ever known. Despite being soft spoken and unassuming, Ron's strength shone through in his selflessness, generosity and unwavering dedication to caring for others.

Even outside the realm of teaching and art, Ron had an exceptional life journey. He proudly served in the United States Army in Babenhausen, Germany during a time of heightened tensions. Serving during the construction of the Berlin Wall in the Cold War, Ron demonstrated courage and patriotism during this pivotal chapter in history.

Ron's legacy extends beyond his personal achievements. As a husband and father, he embraced these roles with unwavering love and devotion. Being the best husband he knew how to be brought him immense pride, just as witnessing his children grow into remarkable individuals filled his heart with joy.  He was so proud of all of his grandchildren and delighted to see them develop into wonderful young adults. Ron was completed by the love of his wife LaRita for 53 beautiful years before her tragic passing.  He was happiest making her happy and being by her side. They had many wonderful years of travel and life experiences together.  Though cut too short, Ron was lucky enough to have another chance of love again with his dear friend Kathy Alfonso.

Ronald Leroy Culver leaves behind a devoted family who will forever cherish their memories: his son Eric Culver, daughter-in-law Rodean Culver, son-in-law John Whatley, daughter Colleen Whatley, granddaughters Grace Culver, Cate Culver, Laurie Culver, Ellie Culver; grandsons Quinn Culver, Bobby Culver, Andrew Culver; and LaRita B. Culver (6/27/43-12/7/17), his devoted wife and Tatijane Whatley (9/21/96-5/4/23), his beloved granddaughter who preceded him in death.

Ron's passing after a valiant six-year battle with lymphoma has left an undeniable void in all who knew him. However, it is with profound gratitude that we acknowledge his peaceful transition surrounded by the love of his daughter by his side.

In our hearts and minds, we shall forever carry the legacy of Ronald Leroy Culver – a man whose dedication to education inspired countless minds to flourish. His artistic spirit continues to live on through every stroke of paint and every piece of art created by those he influenced. May he rest in eternal peace, knowing that his presence will be sorely missed, but his impact will never be forgotten.
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Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, October 7, 2023

10:00am - 1:30 pm (Pacific time)

Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church

5400 Barton Rd, Loomis, CA 95650

The service will begin promptly with military honors. Scattering and reception to follow the service.

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