Clarence Jay Culley, 83, Lyndon: Feb. 23, 1933 – Sept. 4, 2016

090616-Clarence_CulleyLYNDON, Kan. – Clarence Jay Culley, 83, Lyndon, Kan., died Sept. 4, 2016. Clarence was born Feb. 23, 1933, in La Russell, Mo., the son of Rufus C. and Mary Magdalene Woods Culley.

After attending high school in Sarcoxie, Mo., he worked for DeSoto Power Plant in Kansas, and Stedley’s Bed Spring Factory, Carthage, Mo. He later joined the Air Force, where he served four years. He went to Barber College in Tulsa, Okla. He held licenses in Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. He barbered at Sand Springs, Okla., Forbes Air Base, Melvern, Kan., and Lyndon. He worked for the city of Lyndon and was on the rural fire department. Clarence retired in 1995 from Santa Fe Railroad as a machine operator. Clarence returned to barbering in Lyndon after his retirement. He recently received a certificate from Kansas State Board of Barbering for serving over 50 years.

Clarence was a member of Euclid Lodge 101, in Lyndon, The Scottish Rite, in Topeka, Kan., and the American Legion Post 125, in Lyndon. He was a member of the Michigan Valley Community Church.

On Sept. 26, 1958, he married Deloris J. Rice, in Lyndon. She survives at the home.

He enjoyed people and made friends wherever he went. He liked to garden and share with family and friends. He liked to mushroom hunt, go fishing, cut firewood and enjoyed feeding the birds.

Survivors include his wife, Deloris; Kevin (Sharon) Culley and Scott (Beth) Culley, all of Lyndon, and John B. Culley, Lawrence, Kan. He has a twin sister, Clarise Conway, Carthage, a brother Gary Culley, Baldwin City, Kan., a half sister Connie Hicks, and a stepsister Jean Reed, Carthage. His grandchildren are Kayla (Craig) Smith, Monett, Mo., Allie (Will) Culley, Pomona, Kan., Madison Culley, Manhattan, Kan., and Trey Patterson, Topeka, and two great grandchildren Aiden and Brooklyn.

A brother, Scott L. Culley, preceded him in death.

A Celebration of Life will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Michigan Valley Community Church, 6485 E. 221st St., Quenemo, Kan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 125, 507 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451, or the Lyndon Carnegie Library, 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, KS 66451.

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