Bill McCulloch, 86, died Sept. 12, at Pilot Butte Rehab Center in Bend.

Bill was born in Burns on Feb. 21, 1926, to Blanche and Jim McCulloch. Bill attended school in Burns and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1944. He then entered the U.S Army Air Force and served as corporal in the Army 343 Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group in Siebelstadt, Germany, from 1944-46.

When he returned from the Army, he attended Eastern Oregon College in La Grande and the University of Oregon in Eugene. He returned to Burns to work with his father, Jim, at his Chrysler-Dodge car dealership. In the late 1940s, Bill married Beverly Armstrong and was later divorced.

Bill and his brother, Richard “Dick”, operated a fertilizer and cattle supplement feed business. At the same time, they operated the Chuckwagon Café, located next to the Desert Theatre. They were well known for their sourdough pancakes.

In the 1960s, Bill and Dick began a landscaping business in Burns. In 1968, they moved their business to Apache Junction, Ariz., where they resided for four years. While there, they assisted in building the upper green on the Queens Valley Golf Course.

In 1971, Bill moved to Brookings where he and his brother operated a small construction / excavation business until 1991.

In 2002, Bill moved to Bend and enjoyed fishing, playing bingo and, especially, gatherings with family and friends. He is remembered as a gentle and kind-hearted man who was loved by everyone who knew him.

Bill was proud of his Harney County heritage. He and his family enjoyed many hunting, fishing and camping trips to Steens Mountain and Fish Lake over the years. He recalled that one time, as a child, they had 13 flat tires on the trip up and back to Fish Lake.

Bill was a loving uncle, and had many friends in Bend who called him “Uncle Bill.” He enjoyed many family activities with his niece, Jo, her husband, Roger, and the families of their children: Shannon Carroll, Silas Crisafi and Kalei Lucas.

Bill is survived by his nieces, Jo (Roger) Crisafi of Bend, Kathy (Randy) Gillam of Canyon City, and Christine (John) Hodges of Fields; and two cousins, Bob Smith of Bend and Audie Goodman of Pahrump, Nev.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jim and Blanche McCulloch; brother, Richard; and cousin, Betty (Goodman) Brown.

No memorial service is planned at this time. A family gathering will be arranged in Eastern Oregon at a later date.


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