Steven J. Cullen, 63, of Mil­ton, Wis.

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Obituaries -

MIL­TON, WIS. » Steven (Steve) John Cullen, age 63, died Thurs­day, Aug. 24, 2017. Steve drowned when his kayak over­turned in a vi­o­lent storm on Oneida Lake, N.Y. while pur­su­ing his dream of kayak­ing Amer­ica’s wa­ter­ways. Steve was born May 16, 1954, in Mil­ton, the son of Stephen “Ward” and Regina “Del” (Fan­ning) Cullen. He grad­u­ated from Mil­ton Union High School. He was em­ployed in var­i­ous in­dus­tries in Rock, Wal­worth and Dane coun­ties over his work­ing ca­reer.

Steve was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and his sis­ter Mar­garet Ann Mon­tanye. Steve is sur­vived by his sis­ter Janet Ge­orge (Jerome Ge­orge) of An­chor­age, Alaska; brother-in-law Rod­ney Mon­tanye of Mil­ton, Wis. and three neph­ews, Aric (Melissa) of Green Bay, Wis., Kurt (Stephanie) of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Mark (Brenda) of Muk­won­ago, Wis. He will be re­mem­bered as a won­der­ful brother, a gen­er­ous un­cle, cousin, neigh­bor and ad­ven­turer. A smile from Steve was con­ta­gious, and laugh­ter was abun­dant, par­tic­u­larly with the neph­ews dur­ing back yard foot­ball games, ski trips and crazy ad­ven­tures in the hay mow. For fam­ily and friends blessed enough to have had him in their lives, the laugh­ter and joy that he brought in his quiet way will live for­ever in our hearts.

Steve was a hum­ble per­son who in re­tire­ment en­joyed his gar­den, his cats and his chick­ens. He was known by mem­bers of the ru­ral com­mu­nity as “the guy on the bike.”

His bike was his pri­mary mode of trans­port, even in the harsh­est Wis­con­sin win­ters.

Steve will be re­mem­bered for pre­serv­ing a sim­ple life­style. A man of few words, he demon­strated a life wor­thy of ad­mi­ra­tion. He did not in­dulge in the spoils of the mod­ern world but rather nur­tured and mar­veled at the nat­u­ral beauty of this world. He loved hik­ing in the Na­tional Forests and kayak­ing the rivers of this great coun­try. He would take off at a mo­ment’s no­tice on a voy­age of dis­cov­ery — down the Wis­con­sin, the Missouri and the Mis­sis­sippi Rivers. His first trip down the Erie Canal years ear­lier ex­posed him to a rich Amer­i­can his­tory and it be­came his fa­vorite jour­ney. Only Mother Na­ture could de­ter him on this his fi­nal jour­ney.

A visi­ta­tion in mem­ory of Steve will be held on Satur­day, Sept. 2 be­tween 4- 6 p.m. at Al­brecht Funeral Homes & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vices, Mil­ton.

Al­brecht Funeral Homes & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vices, Mil­ton

128 S. Janesville Street 608-868-2542

www.al­brecht­fu­ner­al­homes.com

There is noth­ing Steve re­spected more than the “Spirit of the Trees.”

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial do­na­tions in mem­ory of Steve can be made to the Na­tional Ar­bor Day or­ga­ni­za­tion ( https://shop.ar­bor­day.org) or Na­tional Forests ( http://thetreesre­mem­ber.com/memo­ri­al­trees/).

Spe­cial thanks to the United States Coast Guard, the Royal Cana­dian Coast Guard; Madi­son, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego coun­ties and the towns and vil­lages sur­round­ing Oneida Lake whose vig­i­lance helped find Steve and bring him home. Our eter­nal thanks.

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