Robert Albert McCullough, Sr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Robert Albert McCullough, Sr.

December 8, 1930 - January 21, 2022

Robert Albert McCullough, Sr., age 91, of New Castle, DE, formerly of Vero Beach, FL, passed away peacefully at Seasons Hospice of Wilmington Hospital on Friday, January 21, 2022.

Born in New Castle, DE, on December 8, 1930, he was a son of the late Sen. Calvin R. and Charlotte Virginia (Brown) McCullough. Robert was a 1948 graduate of William Penn High School, where he served as Class President and lettered in 3 sports. Robert was a master carpenter for many years before becoming Business Representative for Carpenter’s Local Union 626, UBC&J, a position he held for 24 years until retirement.  He served on the Delaware Industrial Accident Board and the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and was active in the Democratic Party in Delaware.

Robert enjoyed traveling and was an avid golfer and sports fan, especially of the Phillies and Eagles. He played on local sports teams and coached Little League teams. Robert was a proud Delawarean, and a proud supporter of all his family members.

Robert served in the Air National Guard in 1951-52. He was a Past Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 2 A.M. & F.M., the Nur Temple Shriner’s Club, and a life member of the Holloway Terrace Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed membership in various golf clubs. Bob was affiliated with both United Methodist and Presbyterian churches.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth B. McCullough; brother, Donall L. McCullough; and niece, Karen Peck. He is survived by his children, Linda D. Flanagan of Waldorf, MD; Rev. Robert A. McCullough, Jr. of Rehoboth Beach; and Valerie Daugherty, of Severna Park, MD; sister, Joyce Peck, of Dover; grandchildren, Marcella Flanagan of Newark, NJ; Meredith Drumm (Leon) of Huntingtown, MD; Sean McCullough (Adrienne), of Mercer, PA; Kelsey McCullough, of Newark; Ceara, Devyn, and Bradley Daugherty, of Severna Park, MD; and great-grandchildren, Michael and Aurora Drumm. He is also survived by Jeanette Dorris McCullough, the mother of Linda and Robert, Jr.; Lois Clayton, his companion in his later years and her family; sister-in-law Loretta McCullough and niece, Cie McCullough of New York; brother-in-law Robert Peck and nephew, Rob Peck of Dover, other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a masonic service will be offered at 6:30 pm. A second visitation will be held from 11 am until 12 pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at the funeral home, where a funeral service will be held at 12 pm. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance regardless of their vaccination status. Entombment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Robert’s memory to Holloway Terrace Volunteer Fire Department, 700 West Avenue, P.O. Box 684, New Castle, Del. 19720 or Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.


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13 Condolences for Robert Albert McCullough, Sr.

  • We are so sorry for the loss of Bob. He was a wonderful, kind and gentle soul.

    Love, Trish, Molly, and Reilly

  • I have known some of the family of Mr. McCullough for a long time and I am so sorry for their loss. I believe that he is now without the pain and confusion that robs us of enjoyable life in those last days of our lives. I pray for the comfort and strength for each and every family member and friend of Mr McCullough in the days now and in the coming. God’s blessings to all.

  • Thinking of you all. He had the best smile. Love you so much Boo-boo and family.

  • “Robert was a proud Delawarean, and a proud supporter of all his family members.” That is so sweet. RIP, Uncle Bob. Thank you so much for your kindness.

  • Dear, dear Uncle Bob. You were a very kind and gentle man and also a lot of fun. Andrew and I remember so well your visit to England and the fun we all had at that time. You have run the race and fought the good fight. Now you get to rest. You have graduated this life. All who knew you will miss you very much. May God comfort all whom you have left behind.

  • Bob,
    You will always be a part of my life, till we meet again,

  • Valerie,

    Jim and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and the family. Oh, what good times we had with your mother and Bob! Bob was always so proud when he would talk about you!

    Hope you and the family will keep your memories in your heart.

    Sorry but due to my back injury, we will be unable to attend the service.

  • I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing and would like to express my condolences. He was always so kind and ready for a good laugh, he was good man. He was much like his parents in many ways. I have many fond memories of visits with Bob and the McCullough’s either here in Virginia or at the cottage in South Bethany Beach. I kind of miss those days. I think it helps to think about the good times and I hope the McCullough family and close friends find comfort in those thoughts. I don’t know if golf is played in heaven but I hope he’s having a great round with Mildred and P-nut on a nice sunny day.

  • My deepest condolences to the family. Living in the same building, Bob was a very kind and caring man. Always had a smile for you. He will always be remembered.

  • Val, I was sadden by the news of your fathers passing. The last time I saw him he was strong, healthily, and had a smile on his face. I will always remember him that way. Please send my condolences to your family.

  • Val, so sorry to hear the passing of your father. Our time in Canada was very memorable for me and my friend Annie. Since he was our age (born in 1930) we all got on so well and enjoyed reminiscing about the good old days. A great loss to your family and to all that knew him.


  • Bob, was so kind, thoughtful, considerate, and just an all around “great” man.
    He was a great father and a great companion for my sister Lois. He will be greatly missed.
    Rest in Peace, Bob
    Harry and Norma Laws

  • Sending heartfelt condolences to, Our cousin, Val, her children, Robert, Linda & all the rest of Uncle Bob’s family. Uncle Bob will be missed by all love from the Jersey Girls, Peg, Donna & Sara