Dr. William James Culley, 89, of Indianapolis, who described himself as a father, scientist, dancer, inquisitor and lifelong learner, passed away Dec. 8, 2017, in The Lodge Assisted Living Facility.

He was born in Peoria, Ill., to Thomas and Helen Culley on Nov. 13, 1928.

He graduated from Brimfield High School and served in the United States Army for 3 years.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Bradley University, his PHD in Biochemistry from Purdue University, his Specialist Degree in Special Education from Indiana University, his master’s degree in Public Health Administration from Indiana University, and taught Chemistry at IUPUI. He worked as the Assistant Superintendent of The Muscatatuck State Developmental Center for 33 years.

He enjoyed serving the community over the years as Chairman of Purdue Satellite Campus in Versailles, Chairman of Ripley County Red Cross, Historic Hoosier Hills Tourism Director, Chairman of The Board of Tyson Methodist Church, President of South Ripley Parent Teacher Association, Lions Club Member, Chairman of The Versailles Pumpkin Show, Chairman State of Indiana Tourism Committee, President of South Ripley Band Boosters, Chairman of Tyson Memorial Fund, Member of South Ripley High School Building Committee,  and President and Website Manager of Continental Dance Club.  

He married Bonnie Louise Young on May 2, 1960 in Versailles. Out of that union came two daughters and two step-daughters.

He married Mary Williamson on July 19, 1991, in Indianapolis.

Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Lou Miller (James) of Noblesville, and  Connie Sue Culley(Steve) of Sunrise, Fla.; one step-daughter Barbara Lynne Iceberg(George); one sister Patricia Anne Dvorak(David); 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Helen Culley, wife Mary Williamson, step-daughter Starla Young, and grandson Paul Miller.    

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m.  Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at Spirit of Joy Church with Pastor Mark Wilhelm officiating.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:  Foot Lite Musicals, 1847 N Alabama St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.