Robert Cullen

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Robert “Bruce” Cullen, 77, of Collinsville, IL, born February 1, 1946, at St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2023, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland, IL.

Bruce was a proud warrior who served both in the Navy and later as a Recon Ranger in the Marine Corps from 1963 until 1990. He served in several military campaigns. He enjoyed collecting Marine Corps memorabilia, supporting the Hibernians, and was a lifetime member of the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Anita, nee Robbins, Cullen; and a brother, James Cullen. He is survived by two sons, Robert Jr. and Scott; a daughter, Deanna Sheplak; a grandson, Loren James Cullen; a brother, Michael (Cheri) Cullen; and a sister, Deborah Jane Cullen. He was deeply loved and is mourned by, Cheryl Manker; her children, Terry and Timothy Manker; grandchildren, Nicholas, Hannah, and Kaitlin Manker; along with his dearest friends, Kenneth Kohlberg and Mary Porter.

Memorials may be made to Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots or online at Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, October 5, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A funeral procession will leave at 12 noon for a graveside service to be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, October 5, 2023, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.


2 Comments on Robert Cullen

Timothy Cullen said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 9:44 AM

Rest in peace uncle Bruce

  • Papillion
  • Nebraska
Patrick Hume said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2023 at 5:45 AM

A limb has fallen from our tree, but it will not be forgotten. It remains with us in our memories. It was my honor to have known you, Bruce. I enjoyed our conversations. I enjoyed our camaraderie. Rest in peace, Marine. Patrick Hume President, Ancient Order of Hibernians

  • Belleville
  • IL.

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