Ellsworth Angus McCulloch

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Juneau resident Ellsworth Angus McCulloch, 91, died May 15, 2004, at Wildflower Court.

He was born June 19, 1912, in Bowdle, S.D., to Edward and Florence McCulloch. During his childhood they moved frequently. He attended schools in Walla Walla, Wash., North Bend, Ore., and Hawarden, Iowa, where he lived with this grandmother. He served his country honorably on three separate tours of duty in the U.S. Army. He served in the 15th Infantry in China and the Philippines, 60th Coast Artillery, and the 4th Infantry in Chilkoot Barracks, Alaska. He was discharged in 1941. He worked in many trades from commercial fishing to port captain in Juneau, before initiating into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1547 of Juneau in 1947. He retired from the I.B.E.W. and was very proud of his affiliation and trade of more than 50 years. He married the love of his life, Vena Ward Reid, in 1953, and they spent many wonderful years together. He enjoyed fishing, carpentry and sharing time with his six step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His family said he had a great sense of humor and was always working on another practical joke. They said he was always telling stories and working on a joke up to the day he died. They wrote, "he was a great dad to us and we will miss that great smile and laughter."

He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Vena, and his sister, Helen, of Portland, Ore.

He is survived by his six step-children, Bob (Dorothy) Reid, Les (Janet) Reid, Claudia (Brian) Russell and Dale (Jani) Reid, all of Juneau, Beulah (Don) Luhr of Petersburg, and Gordon (Jennie) Reid of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; plus many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Wildflower Court, located behind the Bartlett Regional Hospital. All friends are invited to attend.

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