Eugene R Cullers

May 1, 1932December 30, 2020

Eugene Ronald Cullers

December 30th, 2020 saw the passing of Eugene R. “Coach” Cullers

Born on May 1st, 1932, in Eaton, Ohio, Eugene’s career highlights include:

• 60 years of marriage to his beloved wife Katherine Lefler Cullers • 5 Loving Children – Kelly, Marc, Colleen, Matthew, and Elizabeth • 14 adoring grandchildren, and 5 of the greatest great grand children • Countless happy memories, and one beautiful life story

He was a father who raised his family by being an example of love and selflessness, and demonstrated these qualities every day of his life.

Before embarking on his career as an educator and coach at Gratis he proudly served in the US army in Europe.

He was an educator, who dedicated himself to impacting the lives of his students and staff for over 30 years.

His coaching career included basketball, baseball, wrestling, track, and wherever he could make an impact. As a coach, he taught not only the fundamentals of sport but more importantly the fundamentals of life to his athletes, for over three generations.

Coach would tell you he was the luckiest man in the world, never hesitating to give all credit to God. He was a man willing to share his time, his talents, his energy, his faith and his wisdom.

In lieu of flowers – Remember him by reaching out; Perform an act of kindness, make a charitable donation, champion an underdog, encourage someone who is struggling. And if you have the opportunity, tell them you were inspired by “Coach Cullers”

“And in this way, there will never come an end to the good that he has done.”

Due to the current situation with Covid, the family will be holding a Celebration of Life event in the Spring. (Date to follow)

Funeral Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

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Steven Baker

January 10, 2021

Coach Cullers was one of the most influential men in my life. Every time he opened his mouth was a learning moment for me. I was a quiet student in school and so when Coach joined the Greenville Moose Lodge, I was the lead person in the ceremony and I chose him for our Class Representative. He was a very proud teacher watching one of his students take control of that ceremony. Many times when he would come in the Lodge, he would say he still couldn't believe it. I told him I just remembered what he taught me and put it into practice. Loved that man. God bless his family

George M Marchal

January 9, 2021

"A Man For All Seasons" I am so honored to have known and worked with Gene in Arcanum many years ago! He was one of the most positive and and uplifting people I have ever met. He will be missed by me and all the thousands of young people that he influenced during his lifetime of dedication and concern for the welfare of others. "Coach" Rest in Peace my Friend! To Kay and all the kids I offer my condolences and thank you for the Friendship you gave to me over many years! George M. Marchal

Darrel Fourman

January 9, 2021

so sorry to hear of Coach Culler's passing. He was my favorite coach at Arcanum [Jr high basketball and High School baseball]. He always had a positive attitude, a broad smile, and encouraging comments and advice on improving our play and teamwork. I really respected him as a coach and teacher; and considered him a friend. I know you will miss him greatly.

Rick Kies

January 8, 2021

Gene worked with the first-year teachers at Ansonia Elementary when I started teaching in 1979 and I think I learned more from him in a few weekly meetings than I did in the four years of college. One of the nicest guys I ever knew. If he even knew you casually you were a lifelong friend. My prayers are with the friends and family.

Shelley (Jones) Baker

January 7, 2021

Dear Kelly and Cullers Family, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Mr Cullers. Hold tight to the wonderful memories. May they comfort you in the years to come.
With love and sympathy,
Shelley (Jones) Baker

Chris Whitlow

January 6, 2021

Coach Cullers graced my brother through a unique understanding & application as he exercised a godly key while developing people: "catch them doing something right".
Mr. Cullers routinely visited Mike, checked on him via phone calls, & helped him escape monotonous days in confinement to provide coffee-&-discussion at Mickey D's, a change of scenery, the current sports page detailing Darke County basketball team data, and local/national/world news.

I can testify that Mr. Cullers personally touched my family countless times & in creative ways to help lift a chronic burden from my parents. I am grateful for the ministry he graciously extended to them.

My sympathy is offered to all members of the Cullers Family, friends-neighbors-colleagues-& others, holding fond memories of a local hero who contributed intangibly in venues common to people of all walks-of-life.

Sincerely in-Christ's Comfort,

Christine (Reynolds) Whitlow

Brenda/Tom Franz

January 5, 2021

Dear Kay and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we just heard from Karen Burkett that Gene passed on the 30th. Oh, our hearts are heavy but full of wonderful memories of our years in Greenville. We shared our husbands with countless youth as coaches as we enjoyed childrearing together. I tried calling but the call did not go through. 2020 was a rough year but we pray 2021 will be better. Hopefully, Gene did not suffer. Please call when you are able. 502-377-4370. I will write!
Take care. Love and a hug to all. Brenda

Jim Hollinger

January 5, 2021

Mr. Cullers was my principal at FM elementary. He always supported me and told me I was doing a great job. Mr. Cullers would ask me about my students daily. Mr. Cullers would give me suggestions how to help all of our students. Mr. Cullers made me a better teacher with positive ideas and encouragement.
Coach Cullers and I coached together for about 30 seasons. He taught fundamentals to our players, daily. He told our players there was more to life than basketball. He told every team the priorities in their life were #1 God, #2 Family, #3 Education, and somewhere way down the list was basketball. Coach told the players to respect their parents and teachers. If they couldn’t do that he didn’t want them on the team.
Gene Cullers was a dear friend to me. Gene would always ask about my family.
Gene would give me advice in life. Gene didn’t always tell me what I wanted to hear, he would tell me what I needed to hear.
Coach was like a father to me. Coach would tell me how to deal with situations.
Coach would tell me to do the best I knew how and then turn it over to the
“Good Lord.”
Heaven gained one of the greatest people I have ever met.
Love you Coach !!

Deb Hart

January 5, 2021

Sending my sympathies to the Culler’s family..Mark and Colleen your in my thoughts.
Deb (Buschur) Hart

Viola Gilbert

January 4, 2021

Kim and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Eugene. Even though we didn't know him well, he was always smiling and kind when we did see him. What a labor of love he's left behind with your beautiful family and people who knew and loved him from the lives he touched <3 Katherine, Colleen, Kelly, and the all of your family are in our hearts and prayers. Please let us know if you need anything.