Robert Duncan Culver – July 19, 1916 – February 7, 2015

Robert Duncan Culver
HOUSTON, MINN. – Rev. Dr. Robert Duncan Culver, 98, of rural Houston, Minn. died on Saturday, February, 7, 2015, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

Robert Duncan Culver was born at Tampico, Washington (rural Yakima County) on July 19, 1916, to Sinyeard Carpenter (S.C.) and Emma (Mondor) Culver. He married Arlene Leola Hoyt on January 29, 1937, at Ashland, Ohio. Arlene died on October 26, 1974, in Libertyville, Illinois. To this union were born: Douglas Joel Culver, Keith Eugene Culver and Lorraine Adele Culver.

Robert, along with his parents, became a part of a new small village congregation of believers that has sent many of its sons and daughters into various missionary and pastoral careers. His early education was in the public schools. Robert is a graduate of Heidelberg College (A.B.), Grace Theological Seminary (B.D., Th.M., Th.D.). He was ordained into the ministry by the Brethren Church at Harrah, Washington in 1942. He did post-doctoral theological studies at Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary and ancient Near-east languages at the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Culver has been an author, preacher, pastor and teacher all of his adult life, until the present. His career as professor has taken him to Grace Theological Seminary (Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew), Wheaton College and Graduate School (Associate Professor of Bible and Theology) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Professor and Chairman of Theology). He was annual director of the Near-east School of Archaeology at Jerusalem in 1962. He has been a special or visiting lecturer at schools in Canada, several states in the USA, Jordan, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Argentina. Among his several publications, perhaps best known are: The Life of Christ, A Biblical View of Civil Government, Daniel and the Latter Days, and the section on “Daniel” in the Wycliffe Commentary.

He was married to Celeste Fay Knipmeyer on November 22, 1975, in Wheaton, Illinois. Since 1977, they have lived in rural Houston County, Minn. where they have been busy writing and publishing several books related to Christian life and doctrine, most recently, Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical. This is a volume of about 1300 pages.

Dr. Culver is survived by his wife, Celeste; a son, Keith (Sharon) Culver of Stewartville, Minn., a daughter, Lorraine Culver of Houston, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Lyrle Culver of Fort Pierce, Florida; seven grandchildren: Brian (Lauren) Culver of New York City, Schuyler (Andrea) Culver of Indianapolis, Indiana, Nathanael (Sandra) Culver of Hokah, Minn., Jordan Culver of Beaufort, South Carolina, Naomi (Darrin) McCollough of Stewartville, Minn., JoEllyn (Rene’) Espinal of Argentina, David (Renee) Culver of Lake Oswego, Oregon; a granddaughter-in-law, Linda Culver of Blue Island, Illinois; sixteen great-grandchildren: three sisters: Julia Smithwick and Caroline McGraw, both of Yakima, Washington and Joanne McReynolds of Waco, Texas; two brothers: Richard (Diane) Culver of Yakima, Washington and Roger (Donna) Culver of Chiloquin, Oregon.

Besides being preceded in death by his first wife, Arlene, he was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Douglas Culver (died in 2007); sister, Eleanor Culver; brother, Gail Culver; and a grandson, Stuart Culver.

There will be a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February, 12, 2015, at Bethany Evangelical Free Church in Houston, Minn. with the Rev. David Wiersbe officiating. Visitation is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Houston, and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Burial will be at the Money Creek Cemetery in Money Creek, Minn.

The family prefers memorials to be directed to the Bethany Evangelical Church in Houston, Christ Covenant Church in La Crosse, Wis. or to the donor’s choice.
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Books by Robert Duncan Culver:
Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical by Robert Duncan CulvernThe Earthly Career of Jesus, the Christ by Robert Duncan Culver

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