|Elmer A. "Mac" McCullough|
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|Saturday, 29 June 2013 08:43|
Elmer Alvin "Mac" McCullough died on June 21, 2013, in Berea, Ohio.
He was born in Portage Township, Hancock County, Ohio, on January 10, 1918, to Charles Lewis McCullough and Celia May Heaton McCullough. He was the youngest of four children including Blanche, Clarke and Martha. Mrs. McCullough moved the family to Bloomdale in 1923 after her husband died.
Mac graduated from Bloomdale High School in 1935. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 and married his high school sweetheart, Rose Lynette Purkey, on March 29, 1942 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. They traveled together during his assignments in World War II, including his stint as a test navigator in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was discharged in 1945 and returned to Bloomdale with Lynette to raise their family.
Mac worked as a postal clerk on the Railway Post Office after the war, then became the rural mail carrier for the Bloomdale area until he retired. In 1975, Mac and Lynette retired to Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lynette pre-deceased Mac in 2009 after 67 years of marriage.
Mac was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church since 1923 and was active in the leadership of the church as long as they lived in Bloomdale. He was a member of the Commercial Club, an active volunteer in the Elmwood Athletic Boosters, a member of American Legion Post #539 for more than 30 years, and a life member of the Wood County Historical Society, who also served on their board of directors.
Mac and Lynette were members of the Ohio, Wood County and Hancock County Genealogical Societies. When they lived in Arizona, they made regular trips to the Mormon Library to research the genealogy of their families. After Lynette passed away, Mac donated 32 notebooks of their genealogy work to Bowling Green State University Library's Center for Archival Collections.
Mac and Lynette chaired the Bloomdale Bicentennial Committee in 1976 and the Bloomdale Centennial Celebration in 1988. For the Bloomdale Centennial, Mac and Lynette worked with other volunteers to produce a history book of Bloomdale families, a Bloomdale historical calendar, an obituary book and a Bloom Township Cemetery book. Together, Mac and Lynette received the Spirit of Wood County award in 1988. After they moved to Arizona, people still looked them up with questions about the history of Bloomdale.
Mac McCullough is survived by two daughters: Carol Templeman (Jim) of Berea, Ohio, and Ann McCullough (Erick Richardson) of Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is also survived by two grandsons, Mike Templeman (Amy) of Washington, DC, Chris Templeman (Vanessa) and great-grandson Pascal John Templeman of Boston.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Bloomdale.
Services for Elmer A. "Mac" McCullough are scheduled for Saturday, July 27. American Legion Post #539 will provide full military honors at Weaver Cemetery near Bloomdale at 9:30 a.m. Then at 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Bloomdale with Pastor Jeff Ridenour officiating. Other speakers will include Rev. Gene McCormack, grandson Mike Templeman, and Marge Engle, a friend of Mac's since first grade.
Lunch will be served in the church basement after the service.
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