John P. Cullen, J.P.

John P. Cullen, J.P.

John P. Cullen, J.P. age 91, of Edgerton passed away at his home surrounded by the ones he loved on February 12, 2017.

He was born at Madison General Hospital on September 28, 1925, and raised in Janesville, WI, the son of Mark A. Cullen and Beatrice F. Cullen. He attended Janesville schools and graduated from Janesville High School. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army along with special friend’s David L. Green and John J. McGuire. The three served as combat infantry in France and Germany in the U.S. Army 86th Infantry (Blackhawk) Division. After V.E. Day all three were sent to the Philippines. J.P. was awarded the Bronze Star after V-J Day. J.P. enrolled and graduated from the University of Nebraska. He joined the family business J.P. Cullen Construction Corp which he served for over 60 years.

J.P. is survived by Elizabeth Ryan Douglas, her children and grandchildren, his younger sister, Marilyn Fitzgerald, his children: Mark (Carol), David (Kathy) of Janesville, Sarah (Scott) Schlievert of Tuscon, AZ, and Richard Cullen and Sarah Bonk of Waunakee, grandchildren: Jeannie (Kris) Schultz, Laura (Jack) Huibregtse, George (Mary) Cullen, Patrick Cullen, Dan (Haley) Cullen, Sean (Joyce) Cullen, Jillian (Sean) Knott, Matthew (Jessica) Schlievert, Alison (Adrian) Alejandro, Cullen (Anjuli) Schlievert, Payton Cullen, Ashley (Mark) Duffy, and Sara Jo (Jeff) DeFrancesca, and 9 great-grandchildren. J.P. was predeceased by his parents, Jane Cullen Ferris, Marianne Cullen, Grandson John Paul Cullen, and his dear Brother-in-Law Jim Fitzgerald.

In addition to his leadership of the construction company he was an original founder of the Janesville Athletic Boosters (1968), WIAA distinguished service to athletics (1976), North Rock County YMCA President and long term Board Member (1964-1979), Milwaukee Bucks Partner, Officer, and Board of Directors (1980-1985), Golden State Warriors Partner, Officer, and Board of Directors (1988-1993), Associated General Contractors of America Life Director, University of Wisconsin W Club Man of the Year (1989), University of Wisconsin School of Construction Excellence Hall of Fame (2002), Janesville Craig High School Charter Member Honor Alumnus (2006), and Janesville Athletic Hall of Fame (2009).

In 1992, J.P.’s sons formed the J.P. Cullen Foundation in his honor, celebrating their 100th Anniversary, his principle mission was to benefit young children, education, and area healthcare. Over the years the Foundation has provided significant support to the North Rock County YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, numerous scholarships to students at Janesville Craig, Parker, Milton, and area High Schools. He also provided scholarships to students studying Engineering and Construction at the UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, and UW-Stout, as well as philanthropy to Mercy Health System, Beloit Memorial Health System, SSM Health, and UW Hospital and Clinics.

J.P. had many loves in life including duck, goose, and pheasant hunting in Wisconsin, South Dakota, Delaware, and Canada, his Army reunions, the guys from Bombay Hunt Club, the wonderful scores of men and women he worked with and mentored for decades, and constructing buildings that made a difference in people’s lives.

The family would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Kelly Wywialowski, Dale Robbins, Sarah Karman, Steve Henning, and most especially Jill Henderson and her staff at Full Circle Caring, Dr. David Murdy and Dr. Premraj Makkuni of SSM Health, and Dr. Robert Dempsey of University of Wisconsin Healthcare Department of Neurology.

Visitation will be at St. John Vianney Catholic Church Friday, February 17th at 9:00 A.M. with Mass to follow at 12:00 Noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Badger Honor Flight Inc. PO Box 258066, Madison, WI 53725, the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Blackhawk Technical College Foundation Nursing Program, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, WI 53546 or a memorial of your choice. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Janesville is assisting the family.

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