Russell Lyle Culver May 4, 1926 - December 2, 2018

Age 92, of Lilydale, former Baker, MT resident

Born May 4, 1926 in Cooperstown, N.D., he was the only child of Vernon and Florence Culver.  He and his parents moved to Richey, MT when he was ten years old where he attended grade school and high school, having graduated from Richey High School in 1944.  He qualified to graduate at mid-term of his senior year and he enlisted in the U.S.A.F.  After basic training and, although the conflict was over, he was among those sent by ship to the Philippines to relieve those who were to be sent home.  He served two years and was honorably discharged at Fort Lewis, WA in 1946.  That fall he began his classes at what was then Montana State University (Missoula), graduating from Law School on June 5, 1950. On June 19th of that year Russ came to Baker, MT where he worked for Al Hansen, attorney, until Mr. Hansen’s death in 1963.  On June 5, 1955 Russ married Virginia Rae Brayton in Baker. Russ purchased the Fallon County Abstract Co. from the Hansen heirs and continued to operate the two combined businesses of abstract plant and law practice until July 1998 when The Fallon County Abstract Co. was sold to Gary and Linda Wade.  He served as city attorney from 1950 to 2011, a period of 61 years.  Always interested in the community, in which he lived, he has served as he was able in various ways.  He was active in the American Lutheran Church of Baker and deeply involved in the activities of the family.  As he was always there when needed, he was a caring husband and a great Dad.  He served on the Fallon County Planning Board and he and the others were instrumental in establishing KFLN Radio Station in Baker.  He served 13 years on the school board during the years that he had children in school. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Baker and a member of the American Bar Association and the Montana Bar Association. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Virginia; two sons Brett and his wife Janice of West St. Paul, MN, Brad and his wife Jean of Princeton, MN and one daughter, Brenda (Andy) Wade of Vernon Hills, IL.  In addition, are two much loved grandchildren: Korissa and Jared (fiancé Lindsey) Culver. Should friends desire, the Family suggests expressions of sympathy be in the form of a contribution to American Lutheran Church in Baker, MT, 59313 or to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church at 1575 Charlton St., West St. Paul, MN  55118.

Funeral Service 11:00 Friday, December 7 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1575 Charlton St., West St. Paul. Interment Riverview Cemetery. Visitation at church 1 hour prior to service.


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    Melodie Bertsch says

    Culver family, I am so sorry to hear of Russ’s passing, what an awesome, kind man. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Mel Bertsch

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    Kim Miske says

    Sending our condolences and prayers to the family of Russ. I have such treasured memories of growning up knowing Russ and Virginia. Such wonderful people! May God bring comfort and to Russ’s family.

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    Gordon and Gaile Heimbuch says

    Dear Virginia and family , we were so sad to hear of Russell’s passing . He was a wonderful man and friends to many including us. Our condolences for you and the family and prayers for your lives going forward .

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    Steven Duneman says

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your husband/father/grandfather. He was truly a pillar of the community in Baker for so many years. May God grant you peace with the knowledge of his long and full life.

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    Lori Struckman says

    I am sorry to hear of your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Love you, cousin Lori❤️

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    Cindy Irgens says

    Russ was a very caring and kind man! He will be greatly missed in the lives of his family and friends. I still miss the days of calling him at the office to ask for advice in my job as Recording Clerk for Fallon County.

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    Jessica Batterman says

    Virginia and family- we are so sorry to hear of Russ’ passing. He was a man of incredible character and will be greatly missed by so many. We send our deepest condolences and prayers that God will provide you all with comfort in the difficult days ahead. All our love and so many hugs- Rich & Jessica Batterman

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    Linda Meyer says

    Virginia, Brett, Brad, Brenda, and all your family,
    I’m sorry to read of Russ’ passing. It’s been many years, but I certainly have wonderful memories of him as a fixture and leader in Baker during my years there. I will be thinking of all of you as you say goodbye to him.

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    Joan and Roger Grammond says

    Virginia and family, Roger and I are very sorry for your loss of Russ. He was always such a gentleman. God bless you all.

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    Kathy Newell says

    Russ will be greatly missed, He touched so many lives in Baker. Sending you all God’s Blessings and many Hugs & Prayers. Kathy & (Dale) Newell

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    Lee and Teena Strait says

    Virginia and family,we are so sad to hear of Russ’s passing. He was a kind and gentle man and will be gratefully missed.
    May God grant you all the peace that passes all understanding in this time of sorrow

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    Marilyn Hartse Boone says

    Virginia and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Our sympathy and prayers for you all as you go through this difficult time. Marilyn Hartse Boone

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    Dorothea Johnson says

    To Virginia and all the family, our deepest sympathy for the loss of Russ. Lilydale will not be the same with out him. Please know that you all are in our prayers. Jim and Dorothea Johnson (Lilydale)

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    Renee (Engesser) Bisgaard says

    I always have had very fond memories of Russ & Virginia while growing up in Baker. Russ was such a loving, kind and generous man. Always had a smile on. Virginia and him are still in my memories arm and arm walking into games or stroll down the street. Russ left a great legacy and 3 beautiful wonderful kids; Brad, Brett & Brenda all such wonderful people. Our deepest sympathy with the loss of one very fine man. Thinking and praying with you all. Hugs to all.

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    Rod and Val Johnson says

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Russ was certainly a man of great character. It was an honor to know him.

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    Clint and Daryll Ehret says

    We offer you and your family our heartfelt condolences, Virginia. Russ was one of a kind, and he will truly be missed by all who knew him. Please know that even though you are so far away you are never far from our thoughts.

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    Susan Plummer says

    I was very sad to hear about the loss of my very dear friend Russell, but I know that nobody deserves heaven more than him. What a prince of a guy. I always called him “the Andy Griffith of lawyers” because he was such a kind. common sense and caring man. It was never about the dollar, but instead about truly helping people. This world needs a whole lot more men like Russell. I know I will surely miss him and I am sure that many others in this world will too. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Virginia and his entire family. Susan and Boyd Plummer

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    Cindy Atkins says

    So sad to hear of Russ’ passing. I know he’s gone to a much better place, but he leaves a hole in the hearts of all who knew him. He was definitely one of the good guys, someone I knew and respected deeply. I’m so honored to have known him, as well as the great family he raised. He did well on this earth, his reward will be great. Love, prayers and sympathies to all of you. Cindy (Neary) Atkins

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    Judy* Hufford says

    Virginia and Families: So saddened to learn of Russ’ passing. He was a wonderful person. God comfort you now and in the days ahead. Jim and Judy Hufford

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