John Scott McCullagh


John Scott McCullagh, 82, passed away peacefully at home on April 22, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Bernice; and son Andrew.

Scott, as everyone knew him, was raised in Alma, Michigan. He was a graduate of The University of Notre Dame. He is survived by his loving wife, Carroll; sons Tim, John (Sandy), and Dave (Joni); daughter Ann McGee (Matt); daughter in law, Becky; and many grandchildren whom he adored. Following a successful business career, Scott spent countless hours volunteering for Catholic Communities Hospice.


  1. Bonnie Krause on April 30, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Scott exemplified love, peace and joy, when he visited the terminally ill. His loving support was a significant part of anyone’s journey that he came in contact with.
    I’m grateful to God that our paths crossed. I know that God is saying to him, “well done, my good and faithful servant.” Love and miss you Scott.

  2. Gary Albin on April 29, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    My heart breaks for the immeasurable loss your family has suffered. Carroll, I wish I had told you and Scott how much your love and acceptance meant to me when I was living in Kansas City so many years ago – I truly felt like you all had accepted me as one of your family. And the example you all set as a family, and the love I felt (and feel) from all of you I can never repay. You should be so proud of the wonderful men and women you have raised; there can be no better tribute to the wonderful people you are. I love and cherish all of you, and only hope I can be a fraction of the blessing to my family you and Scott are to yours.
    All our love always — Gary, Lesa, Andy and Jake.

  3. tim france on April 28, 2020 at 11:38 am

    May the Lord bless and keep you Mrs. McCullagh .

    • Father Anthony C. Williams on May 1, 2020 at 8:41 am

      I first met Scott and Carroll when I was pastor of St. Paul’s Church in Olathe, Kansas. From that time to date, my friendship with Scott and Carroll grew, as we celebrated many dinners prepared by Carroll, raised many glasses of red wine, sat through a number of sports games, especially the Kansas City Chiefs and Notre Dame, and shared many points of view about theological and political topics of interest.

      I admit Scott was never shy about sharing his perspectives with me about life in general. Often, actually most of the time, his seasoned and expressed rationale held the “upperhand,” and my only recourse—when left seemingly speechless—was a general deference to the Church. To this, Scott almost always seemed to reply “foul.” Knowing that Scott graduated from Notre Dame, a tribute to both Scott and Notre Dame, I realise he impressed me as a graduate and critical thinker, and one who always applied the fruits of his college degree to everyday life.

      I dearly miss his friendship, but will forever embrace fond memories of a friend who was always proud of his Irish heritage and Catholic faith. Until we meet again, Father Anthony

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