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Kenneth Max Cullums

October 18, 1936 ~ April 22, 2018 (age 81)

Kenneth Max Cullums

Age 81 of Coal City, passed away Sunday evening, April 22, 2018 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.

Born October 18, 1936 in Newton, Illinois, Kenneth Max was a son of Charles Edgar and Winifred (Rodgers) Cullums. He was raised and educated in Gardner, and on February 20, 1955, Max married Elizabeth “Bette” Smith in the Methodist Church in Gardner. Together they made their home and raised their family in Coal City.

Max was a member of the Pipefitters Local 597 and worked at the Amoco Refinery, as well as at the nuclear stations until his retirement in 2001. He also owned and operated Cullums Welding. Max was a member of the Coal City United Methodist Church, the A.F. & A.M. Wilmington Lodge #208, and the Morris Moose Lodge 967. He will remembered as a true die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include his two daughters: Barbara (John Pat) Bunton and Cindy (Alan) Farcus both of Coal City; three grandchildren: Adam Richard (Allison Yasukawa) Farcus, Matthew Paul (Jenna) Farcus and Benjamin Alan Farcus all of Coal City; one great granddaughter, Athena Elizabeth Farcus; one half-sister, Deborah Griffith of Michigan; two brothers-in-law: William Dale (Pat) Smith and David Jon (Linda) Smith of Coal City; two sisters-in law: Velma Doty of Florida and Paula (Bob) Runty of Coal City and numerous nieces and nephews.

Max was preceded in death by his parents; wife Bette on April 10, 2015; one sister, Lenora Capron; two nephews: Rusty Reed and Bobby Runty; one niece Dawn Farley, and his brother-in-law, Jackie Lee (Carol) Smith.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Sunday, April 29, 2018 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City. In the spirit of Max’s love of the Chicago Cubs, those attending are encouraged to wear their favorite Cubs attire.

Funeral services will follow Monday morning, April 30th at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Reverend Brad Shumaker officiating.

Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington, where Max will be laid to rest with his late wife Bette. Pallbearers will be: Adam Farcus, Matthew Farcus, Benjamin Farcus, Eric Clark, Tommy Fulton and Scott Durando. Honorary pallbearers will be: Dennis Grosvenor, Don Wills, David Smith and Greg Phillips.

Preferred memorials be made as gifts in Max’s memory to the Coal City Fireman’s Association, 35 S. DeWitt Place, Coal City, Illinois 60416 or to Joliet Area Community Hospice.

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815/634-2125)

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