John Cullis died peacefully at home Saturday, November 10, 2012, full of years and surrounded by loved ones.
He was born in Cambria County, Pennsylvania on December 26, 1922 to Leo and Edith Cullis and loved growing up in a large family with six sisters and two brothers. John was predeceased by Madeline, Rita and Leo and is survived by Catherine, Esther, Hilda, Helene and Paul.
John proudly and honorably served his country throughout WWII with the Naval Reserve, Army Transport Corps, Coast Guard and Maritime Service where his many roles included transporting troops, munitions and prisoners to countless ports around the world. He distinctly remembers unloading fighter planes on Guam in 1945 when he learned Japan had surrendered. Following the War, he obtained a contractor's license and started operating a heavy equipment business in Redding where he discovered his bride, the former Anne Cerepa.
They married and started building a family!
For more than thirty years, John's work as a self-employed contractor took him to job sites across Northern California as well as Oregon and Idaho. John's countless days on his Caterpillar tractors were instrumental in creating some of the modern Redding landscapes.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Anderson has been the spiritual home for John's family for the past sixty years where John and his wife Anne found immense joy sharing their faith as Parish Lay Ministers for over forty years. Should you wish to remember John, in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Education Fund at Sacred Heart or the Hospice Program at Mercy Hospital would be welcomed and appreciated.
John is survived by his wife and soul partner of sixty-three years, Anne; four sons, William, Thomas, Brian and Joseph; one daughter, Monica; their spouses; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
There will be a gathering for rosary and vigil prayers Wednesday evening, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. and a funeral Mass Thursday morning, November 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Anderson, CA.
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Arrangements handled through Allen and Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding.