Steve McCullough

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Steve McCullough, 75, of West Liberty, entered into the presence of his Savior on Aug. 6, 2019, while at Mary Rutan Hospital.

He was born in Bellefontaine on Sept. 27, 1943, a son of the late Edgar J. and Ruby Bates McCullough.

A brother, Glenn J. McCullough also preceded Steve in death.

On Nov. 27, 1964, he married the former Joyce Wirick and she survives. He is also survived by a son, Chris (Stephanie) McCullough; a brother, Jim (Nancy) McCullough; a sister, Diane (Bill) Rouse; two grandchildren, Gwen McCullough and Reagan McCullough; and two step-grandchildren, Emily Hawkins and Julia Wilson.

Steve was a 1961 graduate of Salem High School and was a member of the Salem basketball team that won the state championship in 1960. He was a graduate of Urbana University in 1985. Steve was inducted into the West Liberty-Salem Hall of Fame in 2008. He was also a member of the West Liberty Lions Club and Grace Chapel Church in West Liberty. Steve served on the West Liberty Council for 18 years.

He retired from International Harvester after 30 years. Steve then worked at Mac-o-Chee Learning Center for 12 years. He was the freshman boys’ basketball coach and ran the scoreboard for varsity football games for many years at West Liberty-Salem. Steve was an assistant varsity basketball coach at West Liberty-Salem for 18 years with Aaron Hollar. He especially loved watching Aaron’s daughters, Gabby, Emily and Megan participate in all their sporting events.

Steve loved them and was so proud of all their accomplishments.

He was an avid sports enthusiast, who enjoyed coaching, watching and supporting the West Liberty-Salem Schools. Steve loved college and professional sports as well. He enjoyed playing golf, gardening and traveling. His greatest joy in life was teaching and encouraging his grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

It was Steve’s wish to be cremated. A memorial service begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Grace Chapel, 500 Linden St., West Liberty, where a luncheon immediately follows.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Chapel, 500 Linden St., West Liberty, OH 43357; and West Liberty-Salem Tiger Strong Field House, 7208 N. U.S. Route 68, West Liberty, OH 43357.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty.

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