William “Ed” McCullough of Greenville passed away at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday (3-4-14) in his home after a lengthy illness. He was 88.
Mr. McCullough was born Feb. 23, 1926, at Big Eats Camp, Sharpsville, to Donald and Gertrude McCullough.
Ed left school in the ninth grade to help support his family and, at age 18, entered the Navy, proudly serving during World War II in the Pacific theater.
During the war, his ship, the USS Sterett, was under attack by kamakazi pilots and circled in the Pacific disabled for three days as chronicled in the book, “Tin Can Soldier.” Ed served as a pharmacist’s mate while on the ship.
Soon after his service with the Navy, he married the former Jane Brindle on Jan. 20, 1947, and they shared 67 wonderful years together.
As a watchmaker by trade, Ed owned and operated McCullough’s Jewelry in Fredonia. He also worked at the former Sharon Steel Corp.’s Farrell plant. After his retirement from Sharon Steel in 1984, Ed and Jane worked at many craft shows in the area selling his woodwork, one of his most enjoyable hobbies.
Along with his wife Jane, Ed leaves: a daughter, Gloria Junk and her husband Tom, Greenville; a son, William McCullough Jr. and his wife Marylou, West Middlesex; along with three grandsons, Kyle and Kurt Junk and Chad McCullough. In addition, he leaves four great-grandchildren, Kade and Kylee Junk and Miranda and Max McCullough.
Ed was always one to have a dog and/or cat on his lap or following him around, so memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Strayhaven Animal Shelter Inc., 94 Donation Road, Greenville, PA 16125; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
William “Ed,” 88, Greenville.
Calling hours and service: In honor of the family’s request, there will be no calling hours or service. Friends may sign a guestbook at www.flynnfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.