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: www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, memorials if desired may be sent to Leon Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Squad or Ladies Auxiliary.