Captain Chester Dean Cullison, USN (Ret.), 93, passed away on June 25, 2019, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Dean was born August 26, 1925, in Newark; he was the son of Cary Eugene and Hazel Dicken Cullison of Licking County. His grandparents were Ellsworth and Nettie Chambers Cullison, and Clarence Elmer and Cora Belle Beem Dicken, also of Licking County.
He graduated from Jacksontown High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He also graduated from the New York Institute of Photography. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy and served 33 years on active duty. He served during WWII and participated in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a member of the commissioning crew of the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). He graduated from the US Air Force War College and various other service schools. He always enjoyed his time at sea and talked fondly of his love for the sea, his family and friends. After military service he worked for the Unisys Corporation in Arlington, VA. In 1989, he and his wife Mimi built a retirement home on Dataw Island where he enjoyed golf, woodworking and genealogy. He moved to an apartment at Morningside of Beaufort Assisted Living in November 2013.
For his military service, Dean was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medals, US Navy and Joint Service Commendation Medals and various theater medals and awards. In retirement, he was recognized as President and Genealogist, Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution; State President, South Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution; and President, Heritage Society of Beaufort.
He was a member of the Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort. He also belonged to numerous other organizations including the Navy League of the United States, Naval Intelligence Professionals, Military Officers Association of America, Korean War Veterans Association, Notre Dame Alumni Club of Hilton Head, Beaufort Federation of Republican Men, the Thursday Club, Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter-Sons of the American Revolution, and the Genealogical Societies of South Carolina and Ohio.
Dean was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 52 years, Mildred (Mimi) Woodruff Cullison of Pickens, SC; his brothe,r Ralph Eugene Cullison,; sister-in-law, Mary Katherine Dillon Cullison; and daughter-in-law, Amy Diane Hard Cullison. He is survived by his children: daughter, Frances Jones (Douglas) of Glen Allen, VA; and son, David Cary Cullison of Falling Waters, WV; grandchildren, Jennifer, Cameron and step-granddaughter, Shauna Payne Brosius (Mike); great-grandson. Cooper Brosius; and nephew, Terry Cullison, his wife, Patricia of Richmond, TX, and their children, Devin, Erin and Briana.
The family would like to thank the medical staff of Beaufort Memorial Hospital; the librarians of the Beaufort County Library Bookmobile, and especially the staff of Morningside of Beaufort Assisted Living for their exceptional, loving care of “Mr. Dean” for the past five years.
A Celebration of Life service was held July 03, 2019, at the Parish Church of St. Helena.