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Irvin McCullough

Irvin L. McCullough passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at the age of 95. He was born on July 13, 1926. Irvin graduated from Martin High School in 1943. He was employed in the Defense Factory during World War II and served in the Navy. Afterward, he was employed by Valley Metal in Plainwell for several years, before finishing his career as a lab technician at The Upjohn Company. He was always known to enjoy his gardening, crocheting, and was a master candy-maker. Irvin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor (McCaul) McCullough; children, Mark (Lori) McCullough and Cathy (John) Huber; grandchildren, Aaron (Tara) McCullough, Shannon (Matthew) Shook, Heather (Jamie) VanDeHuber, and Justin Huber; great-grandson, Beckett McCullough, another great-grandchild on the way; and several nieces. Irvin is preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Catherine Belle (Newman) McCullough; and siblings, Virgil Lawrence McCullough, Margaret Zoe (Alfred) Warnke, Chester LeRoy (Helen) McCullough, and Mayanna Rose (Warren) Carsten. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Francis Episcopal Church in Orangeville or Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan. Irvin was truly a kind, caring, gentle man who was loved by everyone. His daily prayer was “To keep us ever mindful of the wants and needs of others” - a motto he lived by until the day he died. He will be deeply missed. While visiting Irvin's tribute page please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The McCullough family is being assisted by McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Marshall – Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams, Plainwell, MI 49080. www.mccowensecord.com. (269) 685-5881.

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Uncle Irvin has always been a big part of my life. From helping my family when we needed it as I grew up to giving me away when I got married, taking us to see the family in Ohio because mom didn't drive, getting us groceries when we were snowed in and showing me what a husband, father & brother should be. This last few years I have spent more time with him and A. Elenore and have enjoyed a side of him as a kid I never saw. Love you always, God speed. Jess & Donna Tefft

Donna Tefft Oct 15 2021 9:19 AM

What a great co-worker and kind gentleman. Deborah Wilkinson

Deborah Wilkinson Oct 13 2021 12:08 PM

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Oct 11 2021 3:14 PM

American Legion Post 84 of Otsego sends its thoughts and prayers to the entire McCullough family. Irvin was a gentle person and fought in WWII for our country. We displayed his Navy uniform in our WWII display for around a year. It was given back to his family for keepsake. We salute Legionnaire McCullough and also the entire "Greatest Generation" who helped save the world and preserved our freedoms we now enjoy daily. We salute you Irvin, "Till We Meet Again". God Bless, and hold you near. Dave Delemme /Allegan County Commander for the Department of the Michigan American Legion.

Dave Delemme Oct 10 2021 7:04 PM

Totally agree on it all. Always an open door at their house and smiles to greet you.

Denise (Tefft) Anderson Oct 10 2021 6:54 PM

I remember growing up in the McCullough clan meant being super excited about any family gathering (be it a wedding or anniversary) that had music because it meant the possibility that you would get to Polka with Uncle Irvin. It was like flying while still on earth! I've never seen another man of his stature be so smooth and FAST! Though our little legs could never keep up (he wore out most of the children) it was an experience like no other and one I treasure. I've been blessed to watch he and Aunt Eleanor over the years and it has shown me exactly what love, in it's truest form, looks like. Something we should all aspire to always. Whether hunting mushrooms, dancing, making candy or doing puzzles they always did it hand in hand with grace, respect and caring for others that was unmatched. We will miss him greatly! Michella (Tefft) Vanvuren

Michella (Tefft) Vanvuren Oct 10 2021 11:36 AM

Although I knew him one would only wish to have know him better and longer. Barbara Huber

Barbara Huber Oct 9 2021 11:51 AM