Michael Allen McCullough, 66, of Terrebonne passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning July 9, 2019 in Bend, Oregon. A memorial service open to anyone wanting to pay their respects will be held on Friday July 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Baker City Elks Lodge located at 1896 2nd Street in Baker City, Oregon. In lieu of memorial contributions, the family asks that you consider extending kindness to a stranger, or offering forgiveness to a loved one.
Mike was born on July 26, 1952 to Rodney Edwin and Nancy Gay (Russell) McCullough in Baker City, Oregon, the second of three children. He attended Oregon State University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, and was an honorary member of the SAE fraternity through his eldest brother and by virtue of owning a pick-up truck.
Mike was involved in the cattle business since he was old enough to sit a horse. Following in his father’s footsteps, he was an avid rancher and auctioneer, with a hand in creating the original system of buying and selling livestock through video sales used in auction houses throughout the West. His entrepreneurial business acumen led him to several subsequent ventures, including innovative uses for fleets of golf carts in Central Oregon through Keystone Golf Cars.
A quintessential outdoorsman, Mike was proficient in fishing and hunting, and loved spending weeks at a time in Alaska. He was widely read, with a broad knowledge of global topics and an opinion on pretty much everything. He was an excellent griller, although this was occasionally a point of contention if you were new to the family and he was able to talk you into eating freshly fried Rocky Mountain oysters at the annual 4th of July party in Silverton, Oregon. Like his mother, he took great joy in gardening, particularly fresh vegetables. His ranching background came in handy, allowing him to be resourceful as someone who can build or fix most things, and while often the aesthetic left something to be desired, “It Works By God!”.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years Christina Welch; his daughters: Rachel McCullough of Redmond, Oregon and Megan McCullough of Houston, Texas; brothers: Chuck and Jim, and nephews: Brian and Joe.
Whispering Pines Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 3168 NE 3rd Street – Prineville, Oregon 97754 (541) 416-9733. To offer the family your condolences please go to www.whisperingpinesfuneralhome.com
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