Charles William "Bill" Cullen, often known as C W Cullen, passed away peacefully in his sleep at 92 after a long battle with diabetes. He was born June 2nd, 1929, just before the "great depression" rocked this country. His parents L M Cullen and Adeline "Dolly" Talcot Cullen, who taught at Jefferson Elementary for many years, and were "Pocatellians" for nearly their whole lives went to heaven before him as did 2 brothers, 3 children and 2 of his grandchildren. I guess when you live to be 92 unfortunately you see many pass before you. He leaves behind 2 siblings, 3 children, 12 grandchildren and many great grandchildren to mourn his loss.
As we mourn his passing, we also reflect on some of the high points in his life. He was an eagle scout and even took over as a stand in scoutmaster at 17 when his scoutmaster joined the army in WW2 and there was a real shortage of men to take over. In high school he held a job as janitor for a local pharmacy and started working for Union Pacific Railroad as a crew caller. He would ride his bike day or night to alert railroad hands when they were to report to work. He graduated from high school in 1947 and went to work for the railroad full time. He left the Union Pacific in 1965 and worked as a professional scout executive for the BSA and worked several years promoting scouting in Butte and Kalispell MT. He then moved to Gillette, WY where he worked in the oil fields. He later worked for many years as a prison guard at the Idaho state penitentiary in Boise. At the end of his working career, he was an electrician working jobs in NV, CA, WY, and ID. Bill served in the National Guard reaching the rank of lieutenant.
He eventually migrated back to Poky where he retired. He then decided to go to college at ISU, a lifelong dream of his. He received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology in 2008 and then a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2019. He was continuing his education right up until his death.
So, if you notice that "pesky old man" with the Jazzy wheelchair, who thinks he owns the whole road, isn't on the road anymore, please remember him as a man who "fought 'er fair" to the very end. Thanks, from a grateful family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com
A Memorial Tree was planted for Charles