Kenneth Cullums

COAL CITY—Kenneth Max Cullums, 81, of Coal City, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.
Born Oct. 18, 1936 in Newton, IL, Kenneth Max was a son of Charles Edgar and Winifred (Rodgers) Cullums. He was raised and educated in Gardner, and on Feb. 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 and 5 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 N. Broadway, one block north of IL 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, April 30 at 10 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 may be made as gifts in Max’s memory to the Coal City Fireman’s Association, 35 S. DeWitt Place, Coal City, IL 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.