Originally created 09/17/06

Cecil McCulloch (MEMPHIS, TN.)



MEMPHIS, TN. - Cecil William McCulloch, 83, our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather departed from this earthly existence on September 13th, 2006. We miss him dearly but take consolation in knowing that we will once again be reunited for eternity. Cecil was born August 13th, 1923, at Lorenzo, ID to Edward and Lilace Morgan McCulloch, the second of four children. Cecil spent his youth in the Lorenzo area. The family later moved to Pocatello, ID where he met his future wife and companion of 50 years, Marie Scherbel. Cecil and Marie were married October 31, 1942, and later sealed for time and eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple. Cecil and Marie lived in various places through their married life; they raised their six children in Pocatello, Soda Springs, and Georgetown, ID. Cecil was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a strong and faithful servant of the Lord. Cecil and had a very strongtestimony of the Gospel and was quick to help all in need. Cecil served with distinction in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a tank commander in the 43rd squadron of the 3RD Calvary under General Patton and participated in the liberation of Europe including several concentration camps. Cecil was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received and two Bronze Stars for valor in combat. A machinist by trade, he was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad, Pocatello Naval Ordinance plant, Atomic Energy Commission, and retired from Beker's Industry in Soda Springs in 1986. Cecil enjoyed music, fishing, reading, gardening, the out of doors, boating, camping, and the countless hours spent with all the family members at their cabin on the Blackfoot Reservoir. He appreciated life, family, and church, and was a kind and loving, father, brother, and friend. After Marie's death in 1995, a new love, Kathleen Nevada Crunk, became very special part of Cecil's and his family's lives. He and Kathleen were married November 24, 1997 in Georgia. Cecil felt extremely blessed by his new and very loving extended family. Dad and Kathleen spent many great years together and felt they were blessed to live so close to the Memphis Temple where they enjoyed attending often. Cecil is survived by his spouse Kathleen; brother Donald and his wife Nan McCulloch of Draper,Utah, and brother Ray and his wife Marleen Randall of Twin Falls, ID. Cecil's children are: Janeal and Glen Meeds of Clarkston,WA, Arlyn McCulloch of Boise,ID, Lynette and Dave Bower of Georgetown, ID, Devin McCulloch of Pocatello,ID, Gaylene and Robert Dawson of Pocatello, ID, Sheralee and Ben Geppert of Richland, WA, Dan and Patricia Crunk of Augusta GA,William Crunk of Memphis, TN, Fred and Sandy Jenkins of Augusta GA. Cecil and Kathleen lovingly shared 32 grandchildren, and 43 great grandchildren. Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marie, sister, Verla Sherman, grandson, Camden Blankenship, and great-grandson,Kennan Bowen. A memorial service will be held at the Cordova Ward Chapel on Whitten Rd. Memphis, TN Saturday September 16, 2006, 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday September 23, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave., in Pocatello, Idaho with Bishop Garth Hall officiating. A viewing will be held 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the services. Military Rights will be performed by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard. Internment will follow at the Georgetown city cemetery in Georgetown Idaho. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-September 17, 2006