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Vincent (Vince) T Cullen

October 1, 2021 | 7 comments

Vincent (Vince) T Cullen  Age 78, of Onalaska, WI passed away peacefully on September 29th, 2021.  He was born on March 17th, 1943 in Osage, Iowa to Frank and Mary Cullen. 

During his childhood he and his family moved from Iowa to Washington, then Minnesota, and finally settling in Wisconsin.  Vince Graduated from Wilmont High School in 1961.  In High School he developed his love of singing and competed in Solo & Ensemble competitions.  He joined the Navy in 1962 where he went to school for and worked as a store keeper stationed on the USS WASP (CVS-18).  During his time in service, he was stationed at Guantanamo Bay Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.  Vince was proud of his time in service especially that he was able to be involved with the Gemini missions for NASA picking up the astronauts when they returned to earth in the space capsules.  In December of 1963 in a little café in Union Grove, Wisconsin over many cups of coffee he met the love of his live Beverly Gerloff.  They were married March 30th, 1965 at St. Mary’s in Kansasville, WI. and went on to have a beautiful life together for 56 years including four beautiful children, 15 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.  Vince was a devoted husband and loving father always making sure to tell all the kids to “be good” and “drive safe”.  After his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1966, Vince worked in road construction, “Hwy heavy” as he used to say, working on parts of the Wisconsin Interstate system.  Vince was also proud of his time working at American Motors as a Supervisor.  However, it was his job at Uthmeier Advertising that would ultimately lead him on his lifelong career as a Sign Painter.   He taught himself the art of painting signs and opened his own business in 1973 as Cullen Custom Signs in Granton, WI and later The Sign Shop in Onalaska, WI.  The 30+ years he spent as a sign painter allowed him the freedom to be the artist and inventor that he truly was on the inside.  Vince was always telling jokes, many of them he told over and over throughout the years and they never lost their zest.  He definitely had the gift to gab, telling stories and jokes to anyone around.  Vince was never at a loss for words or ideas and loved to share his ideas by writing many letters to politicians and world leaders hoping to make the world a better place.  He loved finding new hobbies and would jump in with everything he had.  He loved to hunt which started at a young age when pheasant hunting with his father.  He would go on to enjoy duck and deer hunting as well.  He was a fan of the Packers and Brewers and expressed his enjoyment and disappointments as he watched the games.   He also spent time at different stages of life bowling, golfing, fishing, snowmobiling, motorcycle riding, farming, talking on the C.B radio, and as a private pilot flying his Cessna.  Along the way as he explored the world with Bev by his side, they made deep connections and lifelong friends that would become a part of their family for years to come.   

Vince was preceded in death by his father Frank Cullen and mother Mary G (Morrison) Cullen. 

He is survived by his wife Beverly Cullen, brother Frank Larry Cullen, children:  Bryan (Patricia) Cullen, Michael (Jody) Cullen, Jeffrey (Heather) Cullen, Dawn (Mark) Sanborn, grandchildren: Megan (Kate McFaul) Antony, Jonathan (Danielle Pfaff) Cullen, Patiance (PJ Pulvermacher) Cullen, Christopher (Kristen) Cullen, Breanna (Adam) Wozney, Nathaniel (Ashley) Cullen, Benjamin Cullen, Santanna (Jordan) Demaske, Skylar (Adam) Pietroske, Mariah (Isaiah Ortiz) Cullen, Ariel (Mitchell) Halfmann, Hannah (Fraz Isbored) Cullen, Deric Carey, Zoe Sanborn, Wyatt Cullen, great-grandchildren:  Tristen, Jordan, Sebastian, Hunter, Kodi, Julissa, Sophie, Cayden, Josie, Scarlet, Jazlyn, Amara, Reid, Chase, and many loved nieces and nephews.   

Thank you to the Doctor’s and Nurse’s in the Cardiopulmonary unit at Gundersen Health System.  In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1 . 

A private service for family to be held at a later date to be determined.

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7 Comments

  1. Marilyn (Mueller) Raboine

    So sorry to hear this Bev. It breaks my heart. Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

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  2. Darla Sekeres

    Dear Bev and family
    You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    I have many fond memories of Vince!
    May he Rest In Peace.
    Love Darla Sekeres (Olson)

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  3. Liz Fotopoulos

    Bev I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My God Bless You All. May he dance with the angles and be at peace.

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  4. April Coleman

    Our family is very sorry for your loss!!! We hope the whole family has much brighter days very soon. Vince was always very welcoming and had a story to tell at the family gatherings. He will be missed very much!!!!! May he now be resting In Peace knowing that he was and is very loved by many. From April, Eric, Melissa , Dylan

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  5. Coulee Region Cremation Group

    So many childhood memories. Sharing holidays together. Sitting around the table playing cards. One that stands out, we were at Snyder lake swimming. Everyone one was out on the raft, I wanted to go out but didn’t know how to swim (no lessons because of my ear problems). Vince says I will take you out to the raft and teach you how to swim. I was happy and excited. We get to the raft and he says ok you ready? Yes, he pushes me off the raft and says “now swim”. Love you all so much.

    -Rhonda Sherman

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  6. Sandra Lynghamer

    Bev, it was a honor to meet Vince , what a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather he was and will be missed by all.
    Keep the memories and love he shared with family and friends in your heart.

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  7. Betty olson

    Bev and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Vince was a very special friend. We have so many fun and special memories, like going to dances, hunting, playing card, and enjoying each other’s families. Our prayers are with your family.
    Love Betty and Jack

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