Noel Douglas Culbert

October 16, 1946April 25, 2014

On April 25th Noel Douglas Culbert slipped away to be with his Lord God. He was born the 16th of October 1946, to William and Frances Culbert in Lansing, MI. He grew up in Livonia.

After graduating from high school, he attended Michigan Technological University and received his degree in 1964. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War.

After his discharge, he attended law school at The University of Detroit School of Law. He later joined the military once more and served his country until his retirement in 2003.

He will be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him. His love of God, family, and country was reflected by how he lived his life. He is survived by his wife, Diana (Latting); son, Steven Culbert; daughter in-law, Kim Culbert; and also by his four wonderful grandchildren: Jakob, Matthew, Joshua and Kaitlyn Culbert; and his sister, Celina Culbert.

His funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the Catholic Community of St. Jude, 801 N. Bridge St. in DeWitt. Family will receive friends at church from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1755 Abbey Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823, in memory of Noel.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes DeWitt Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 1, 2014

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Chuck & Margie Mohundro

July 31, 2014

Diana, Margie and I just found out about Doug's passing through Gary Tucker. We are deeply saddened and pray for healing and comfort for you and your family. Doug was a great mentor of mine and will be sorely missed.

Armin, Rosa, Martin Russenberger

May 2, 2014

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for you and the family during this time of sadness.

Marya Marney

May 2, 2014

I will always miss Doug's sense of humor and how we would chat about movies. He had such a vault of stories that we loved to listen to. I loved how he would call me about tech ideas and was always honored that he would take my advise. We always talked about future visits to Chicago. Madison and Parker thought he was the hippest grandpa ever. He was a man with a golden heart and will be missed deeply by my family.

Kathleen Smith-Kerr

May 1, 2014

Diana and family, I will always remember Doug for the generous love he showed Marya, Madison and Parker. I enjoyed his visits to my home. I will miss his keen sense of humor, his wisdom and empathy. May he rest in peace. May his memory bring you comfort.

Benjamin Sorrell

April 30, 2014

Mrs. Culbert, I am truly sorry to hear of Col Culberts passing. He was a person that I can honestly say had a very big heart and cared genuinely about people. I will forever remember the many lessons that he taught me, and the advice that he gave me over the years that I worked for him. I also appreciated everything he had done for me and will always remember his kindness. May he rest comfortably with the Lord.

Susan and Chris Coseo

April 30, 2014

Dear Diana and family. I am sorry to hear of Doug's death. I enjoyed working with him on many issues before I retired. He was of great help during my time as HR director. I always smiled when I thought of you two over the years. Memories of him will always bring a smile to my face. He was a smart and good man with great values. Please accept Chris and my most sincere condolences. God Bless you all. Susan and Chris Coseo

April 30, 2014

Diana and family,

We are sorry to hear of your loss. Both of us enjoyed working with Doug and now and then talking with him at Meijers. Please except our heart felt sympathy.

Dick and Nancy Smith (Lansing, MI)

Pam Woodworth

April 30, 2014

I was so surprised to hear of Doug's passing. He was much too young. I remember how Doug used to pick on me about where I went to school with his dry sense of humor. May you have comfort from all the memories in this sad time.

Doug Goris

April 30, 2014

Diana, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Doug. I enjoyed working with Doug and always considered him to be a fine officer and a genuinely nice guy.

April 30, 2014

We are so sorry to hear this. Doug Culbert, who saved my bacon several times, was the only JAG officer I ever met that had earned a Combat Infantry Badge (CIB). Quietly he accomplished his work with a sense of empathy few at his level possessed. Much of that probably came from his time earning that CIB. Back in the early 1990's, on one of coldest nights in Camp Grayling history, Doug, long after duty hours, called to say one of his JAG officers was missing in the area. We determined he was out cross country skiing in a recreation area alone. After four hours of multiple teams going out and returning to get warm with temperatures reaching -21, we found him sometime after midnight. He had fallen, broken his glasses and mistakenly taken a seismic cut in the woods thinking it was a ski trail making his location problematic. It is no exaggeration to say that Doug's early alert and collaborative work over the phone was essential in the saving of the skier's life.

Marcia and Wayne Koppa
Grayling, MI