Eugene R. "Gene" Cullen Thursday, May 21, 1942 - Sunday, May 7, 2017

Town of Leon - Eugene R. “Gene” Cullen, 74, of the Leon-New Albion Road, Town of Leon, NY, passed away suddenly, Sunday, May 7, 2017 at home of a sudden heart attack. He was born May 21, 1942 in Gowanda, N.Y., the son of the late, Glenn Ellis and Thelma Wilma Snyder Cullen. He was a 1960 graduate of Pine Valley Central School and was a Veteran of the United States Army from January 5, 1962 until his honorable discharge on January 4, 1965 and then discharged from the Army Reserve on December 31, 1967. Gene retired as a self-employed chip sealing and driveway sealing business Cullen Services. He had worked earlier on for HK Nuttal in Sherman, NY, Suit-Kote Inc., in Jamestown and then Watkins Glen, NY. He also worked for the Town of Leon Highway Department and served as the former Town of Leon Highway Superintendent. He attended the Leon United Methodist Church in his younger days and was a former member of the South Dayton American Legion Post 1593, Cherry Creek Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 2522 and Leon Volunteer Fire Department, where was the past Fire Commissioner. Gene was known for hosting his annual Pig Roast along with his son Erik at his Leon home, he was an avid bowler and played in many bowling leagues, enjoyed golfing, hunting, traveling and will be remembered for being family oriented. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Gene Zynda Cullen, whom he married on November 20, 1965 in Gowanda, NY, a son; Erik Cullen of Leon, daughter; Elizabeth (Ron) Abbatoy of Florida, 3 grandchildren, Tanya (Rob) Eller of Erie, Pa., Jack Dennis Cullen and Sierra Gene Cullen all of Leon, two sisters; Jane M. (David) Heron of Livonia, NY and Constance E. (Jerry) Willett of Falconer. He was preceded by his parents, daughter; Katrina Cullen on January 10, 1989 and a brother Melvin D. Cullen on May 10, 1996. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday (May 13, 2017) in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church Street, Randolph, NY 14772. Pastor EriK Young of Erie will officiate. As per Gene’s wishes, there will be no prior visitation. To leave a condolence log onto: In lieu of flowers, memorials if desired may be sent to Leon Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Squad or Ladies Auxiliary.

Mary Gene and family, we were so shocked to learn of the passing of Eugene. Please know that our thoughts are with you during this time. Dennis and Rhodella Brown

Mary, So sorry to hear about Gene
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

I remember my cousin Gene when he visited my Dad, Mom and me, while he was stationed at fort Leonard Wood, I even had an opportunity to attend a pig roast in 1993.

Mary Gene,

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family.  It's difficult enough dealing with an expected passing, but when it comes out of the blue,  it's especially hard for those left behind.  Please know our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you not just today but in all the days ahead.  Dale & Donna

I'm so sorry to read of this.  Gene was a customer of mine at Larry Romance and Son in Sheridan.  Always a pleasure to deal with when he came in to buy parts for his tractor.  My condolences to the family.

So sorry to hear of  Gene's passing. Another one of the "good guys" is gone. We will miss the laughs and zingers back and forth that we shared at the coffee shop. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

To Mary and your family- So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your husband. I know this is a difficult time for you and your family but let your memories sustain you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Our sincere sympathy to Mary and her family, Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and remembering the good times Dave spent with Gene.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Cullen Family.  Although we have been separated by miles, we have kept you all close in our hearts.  We can not adequately express the depth of our sorrow for your loss.

Keeping family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.  We enjoyed visiting with Gene at the hardware store, he will be missed.  His sense of humor had a way of bringing a smile to our faces. 

Rest in Peace Gene- our thoughts are with your family.

So sorry for your loss


Prayers to you and the family..

So sorry Mary. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.