Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Features

May 23, 2013

Relay for Life team spotlight: The McCullough Clan

Greensburg — Hundreds of Greensburg residents have walked in the Relay for Life in the 15 years since it began in Decatur County, and most residents at least know what it is, but what isn’t known is what motivates each team.

With the 15th annual event coming up June 21, it might be nice to learn more about the teams and why they are involved with the Relay for Life. While some of the teams walk in general support of the community and the fight against cancer, many of the teams walk in honor or memory of a specific person in addition to supporting all those who have died of cancer. The Daily News will feature one or two different Relay for Life teams each week until the event in a spotlight about what inspires each group.

This week’s spotlight will focus on the McCullough Clan. The team has been part of the relay since the first year and they walk in memory of John David McCullough, who passed away from liver cancer in February of 1969. Born March 17, 1929, he was the husband of Anna (Dwenger) McCullough and the father of 11 children. The McCullough Clan is composed mainly of his children and grandchildren.

John worked on his father’s farm in his youth, but after his marriage to Anna in August of 1952, they moved to Indianapolis where they owned and ran a small corner grocery store. He later got a job at Westinghouse in Bloomington, but always wanted his own farm. When John found a 240 acre farm for sale in Bloomfield, he and Anna bought it and moved so he could fulfill his dream. He farmed all day and worked at the factory on second shift.

The land hadn’t produced much for the last several years, so they got an excellent deal on the property. John consulted with a soil specialist and got the nutrients he needed to produce the yields he wanted from his crops.

John farmed the land there until his illness prevented him from working, about three months before his death. John only lived six months after his cancer was discovered. At the time, doctors had no success treating liver cancer. After John died, his family moved into a large house in Millhousen and sold the farm because they couldn’t work the land without him.

John’s wife and children all have different memories of him, but each one paints him as a compassionate man who loved his family and wasn’t afraid of hard work. His daughter Beverly (McCullough) Maggard remembers his love of fishing, mushroom hunting, and riding horses.

One special memory that has always stayed with her is him helping her with her spelling words. She was having trouble and kept missing words. In defeat, she said, “I just can’t do this.” John got angry, the only time she can remember him doing so, and said, “You are a McCullough, there is nothing that you can’t do.” Maggard said she will always remember her father’s advice that she can do anything- all she has to do is try.

The McCullough Clan fondly remembers John David McCullough and walks in the Relay for Life every year hoping to bring the world one step closer to a cure for cancer. While cancer took him out of this world long ago, John lives on through the hearts and memories of the loved ones he left behind.

Recent economic hardships have made it difficult to raise all the money each team is suppossed to collect. To balance this, there will be a Relay for Life yard sale June 8 and 9 in the center building at the Decatur County Fairgrounds, as well as a yard sale at the event itself. Donations can always be made at the American Cancer Society's website, where one can search for individual teams and cities.

The Relay for Life team spotlight will be a regular feature until the day of the event. Any teams interested in being featured should put together some basic information about their team and the person they walk for. Pictures are a nice addition, but are not required. Please contact Amanda Browning for more information about team spotlights and the necessary information.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004

 

1
Text Only
Features
  • fea-gb072414 Indiana limestone jpg 2 Indiana at 200: The Fame of Indiana Limestone It is one of Indiana’s best-kept secrets. Limestone quarried from three Indiana counties is responsible for some of America’s most impressive structures. It was used to build the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and the Indiana State Capitol. It b

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Review: The Illusionists by Rosie Thomas Now you see it. Now you don’t.The magician’s coin jumps from hand to hat and though you’re astounded, that would be an easy trick to learn. You could research, and know how he made an elephant disappear. You could teach yourself how to conjure the ri

    July 22, 2014

  • nws-gb071614-Shelter Spotlight pic 1 (Pics share a cutline) Shelter Spotlight: Oreo and Mercury GREENSBURG – Another week brings more animals currently housed at the Greensburg/Decatur County Animal Shelter in need of loving permanent homes.This week, the Daily News presents Oreo and Mercury. Oreo is a sweet male kitten. Shelter employees repor

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb071114-Shelter Spotlight pic 2 (pics share a cutline) Shelter Spotlight: George and Rocket GREENSBURG – Another week brings more animals currently housed at the Greensburg/Decatur County Animal Shelter in need of loving permanent homes.This week, the Daily News presents George and Boots. George is a wonderful great Pyrenees/golden retrieve

    July 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • fea-gb071014 spaulding column jpg DNR officials pleased with restocking project at Kunkel Lake DNR officials are happy with the outcome of a project to improve fishing at Kunkel Lake in Ouabache State Park in Wells County. Although fish in the 25-acre lake are now small, biologists expect ample numbers of harvestable-size bluegill to be availa

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • fea-gb070914 book review cover A review: "The Skeleton Crew" by Deborah Halber You can’t find your keys. Again.It happens every now and then: you get busy, distracted, and you put them down somewhere they don’t belong. Then you spend an hour looking for them.Fortunately, you always find them because they won’t travel far withou

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb070314-Shelter Spotlight pic 1 (Pics share a cutline) Shelter Spotlight: Sophie and Collin GREENSBURG – A loving cat and a Pomeranian/terrier mix housed at the Greensburg/Decatur County Animal Shelter are looking for loving permanent homes.Sophie is a loving and very sweet cat. She solicits attention, loves to be held and will even give ki

    July 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Review: 'The Lost Art of Dress' Your mama dressed you funny.She couldn’t help it, though: frou-frou garments with bows and buttons, snaps and poufs, polka-dots and ruffles were all that was available when you were a child.And besides, you were so darn cute…At least, that’s what Gra

    July 3, 2014

  • nws-gb070214 Indiana National Rd pic 2 Indiana at 200: The National Road A drive across Indiana on the National Road is a trip back in time. This was the route taken in the 19th century by pioneers hauling household goods west in Conestoga wagons, by stagecoaches carrying mail and by farmers moving crops to markets.Today

    July 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • Take extra care with children in hot cars With summer in full swing and people traveling to summer destinations, citizens are reminded to take extra caution as it relates to small children and hot cars. Tragically each year, particularly during the summer months, there are reports of child d

    June 28, 2014