In memory of

Colin McCullough

July 5, 1948 - June 12, 2022
From: Sac City, IA
Colin McCullough

Colin McCullough

Born: July 5, 1948
Died: June 12, 2022
Age: 73
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   On June 12, 2022, Colin James McCullough, beloved father of five, died peacefully in his home at the age of 73. 

   Colin was born on July 5, 1948 to Thomas and Jean (Cosgrove) McCullough. He was the eldest son and brother to their eleven children; Julia Roth (deceased); Margaret Grantham (deceased) (Mark); Thomas McCullough (deceased); Mary McCullough (deceased); Tom (Janet) McCullough of Cedar Rapids, IA; Molly Jorgenson (Ron) of Storm Lake, IA; Brian McCullough (deceased); Erin McCullough (Rich Eberle) of Lake View, Iowa; Lisa Toscano (André) of Manhattan Beach, CA; and Peter McCullough of Jefferson, IA. 

   He was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, and best friend Tom Treinen.

   Colin is survived by his children and grandchildren Cathlin McCullough and her children Henry and Cleo Perakos of Austin, TX; Megan McCullough and her son Jack McCloskey of Park Ridge, IL; Patrick McCullough, wife Kristen Connolly McCullough, and their children Ashlyn and Cameron McCullough of Rockville, MD; Erin McCullough of St. Louis, MO; and Anne McCullough.

   Colin was generous with a brilliant smile and a funny joke, not always of the appropriate kind. He made friends quickly, and would fight tooth and nail in defense of someone who needed his help. His life’s passion was the law: he was a bulldog in the courtroom, a smooth talker, and a studied attorney, traits that led to winning most cases he was involved in. A graduate of Creighton University School of Law and recently retired, Colin practiced law for 48 years, learning the ropes from his Father, and after a time, taking over the McCullough Law Firm in Sac City. Colin provided pro bono legal services to many friends and family, in addition to his other matters small and large.  In a notable recent federal lawsuit, Colin and a team of lawyers successfully defended local drainage districts against a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by Des Moines Water Works. 

   Colin had a big heart, was giving of his time and talent, and would always listen. He offered the best advice, and of course, he was always right. He inherited his strong will from his Mother, and also shared in her love and admiration for Native American Art and Artifacts.

   Colin traveled the world with his friends and family, always up for an adventure, usually walking 10 steps ahead of you chatting up the locals. He was a cancer survivor, and if he could, he’d tell you to quit smoking. He was an avid huntsman, fisherman, and trapper of local squirrels. He was a nature lover and taught his children to love the outdoors. He loved his law practice, he loved Iowa, and most importantly he loved his family. And as so many of us do, he had his fair share of struggles, but he was a private person and never wanted to burden anyone with his problems. 

   Colin will be remembered for many things, by many people, and for that his family is grateful. He made an impact on this world, often fighting the good fight, and he enjoyed life. He wanted more than anything for his children to live a big joyous life, believe in themselves, and have a damn good time along the way.

In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in our Father’s honor or we welcome you to support one of the causes close to him:
Howard Activity Center, Sac City Iowa
Brian McCullough Memorial Scholarship, School of Law - Creighton University

“Well, it's alright, ridin' around in the breeze
Well, it's alright, if you live the life you please
Well, it's alright, doin' the best you can
Well, it's alright, as long as you lend a hand”
-Traveling Wilburys

Condolences may be sent to:
Family of Colin McCullough
℅ Law Offices of Erin McCullough
PO Box 305
Lake View, IA 51450
Graveside Service
11:00 a.m., Tuesday
July 5, 2022
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa

Followed Immediately by 
Celebration of Life on his birthday
Sac City Country Club
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Friday, June 24, 2022 at 5:09 PM
“I had the privilege of working for Colin for 9 years. Everything written in his beautiful obituary along with the heart tugging comments left by family & friends I can also attest as true. He was an awsome man, not necessarily the easiest to work for at all times, but the good surpassed the hard times by leaps & bounds. He taught me so much & for that I will always be humbled. Rest in peace Colin McCullough as you deserve it. You worked hard, now rest in God's love for you.”
- Debra Reeves
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 12:33 PM
“Colin was my attorney for several years. Your family has my sympathy. Colin made you feel like you were the only one he had to represent. He will be missed.”
- Sharon Heide
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 8:59 AM
“I was sorry to hear about Colin. Tom and Jean were friends of my parents, and bought the home my parents built on Audobon Stret. Colin was a preteen and would come to our home with his parents when I was in high school. ”
- Ken Singet
Monday, June 20, 2022 at 2:09 PM
“Please accept my condolences. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Rose Baker Harjes
Monday, June 20, 2022 at 10:05 AM
“My condolences. Colin will be missed. He literally changed the arc of my life after my father (Tom) died in 95. I would not be where I am today without his help and generosity. I will forever be grateful for what he did for me. ”
- Matt Treinen
Monday, June 20, 2022 at 10:05 AM
“Please accept our deepest sympathy to all the McCullough family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Jim and Barb Smith
Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 9:29 PM
“Sorry for your loss and Sending My Sympathy to the McCullough family and May God Help Carry you through this Journey. ”
- Rebecca Peters
Friday, June 17, 2022 at 12:31 PM
“My condolences to the entire McCullough family. Chuck Titus and I met Colin during our undergraduate business school days at Creighton University and the three of us became close friends during law school. We formed a study group and spent many a morning in the library hashing over the finer points of law, as law students are wont to do. The three of us also shared some youthful misadventures that are not proper subjects for written disclosure, though serious consequences were happily avoided. Colin and I kept in touch over the years, but probably not as often as we should have, though he did spend a weekend with my wife Nancy and me in Omaha last month (May 20-22). It was good to catch up, but he was not well and he slept quite a bit. A week later we spoke on the phone for about a half hour and further reminisced. As others have noted, Colin's children and their activities were recurring subjects of his conversations. He was very proud of them. We will all miss him but can find comfort in and be grateful for the memories. Rest in peace, old friend.”
- Bob Cannella
Friday, June 17, 2022 at 11:17 AM
“Colin was a law school classmate who became a lifelong friend. No one ever had a great passion for his clients than Colin nor worked harder for them. I remember many talks about his work however the only thing that exceeded his passion for the practice of law were his children. He loved his children and grandchildren and talked about them and their accomplishments every time we talked. And despite the distance between "Sac" and St. Louis he made it his priority to be a great father and grandfather which he saw as his most important "job." I am so sad that he has died and I will miss him greatly as will many others. ”
- Robert Pratt
Friday, June 17, 2022 at 9:29 AM
“Colin truly loved his children. He also loved the practice of law, traveling, often with his children, and learning about Native American culture and arts. He loved meeting new people and was a friend to many. I believe he is finally at peace and rests in God's loving embrace. God bless you Colin.”
- Mary Ann McCullough
Friday, June 17, 2022 at 9:29 AM
“I've known Colin for many years, his home as a youth was down the block from my grandparents Jack & Marie Hoff. I spent many summers at the Hoff house and spent lots of hours with Colin & my cousin Dave Wellington who also lived on that block, good ole Early street. Colin was a very kind person & like his father, a very good attorney. May he Rest In Peace. ”
- Gary & Diane Fulcher
Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 8:40 AM
“Colin came into our lives recently and we enjoyed his company very much. He brought us great joy and we found him so humble. We are saddened by his passing and will miss him. We hope the family finds peace as they gather to celebrate his life and their memories together.”
- GerryKraus
Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 8:40 AM
“We were so grateful to have shared a short Friendship with you this past Xmas! Thank you Colin for allowing us to decorate your home for Christmas! You were so kind, humble and welcoming. May you Rest In Peace❤️”
- Terri and Ger kraus
Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 8:40 AM
“My sincerest condolences to the entire McCullough family. I knew Colin from the time we were in the first grade. So sorry for your loss!”
- Lyle Luckow
Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 8:40 AM
“Our deepest sympathy Erin and to your family. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Hugs and prayers.”
- John Teresa Drilling
Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 8:40 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to the family. ”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 1:34 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of Colin's passing , we are sending our prayers to the McCullough family and we are lighting a candle at church for his memory 🙏”
- Gene & Bonnie Simpson
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 9:36 AM
“My heartfelt condolences to Colin's family at this difficult time. Please know you are in my prayers.”
- Patty Youll
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 12:45 PM
“To Erin and all of the family, I send my deepest condolences to you in your father's passing. Sending prayers to your family in this time of need.”
- Carolyn Carnes
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 12:28 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of Colin's passing. Colin was a lifelong and very close friend. He will be missed by us very much.”
- David, Charlotte Wellington
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 11:12 AM
“Gordon & I extend our deepest sympathy to Colin's family. May he rest in peace. ”
- Gordon & Margaret Mooney
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 9:02 AM
“My deepest sympathies to your family. Our class of 1966 will miss you. Prayers for comfort and peace🙏”
- Marcia Zolnosky Luke
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 8:51 AM
“To all Dad's friends, clients, hunting buddies, fishing friends, classmates, neighbors on Twin Lakes, law colleagues, people he helped, people who were his go-to's, and community members - thank you from his children and larger McCullough family for being such an important part of his life. Dad loved fighting for you and winning for you in the court of law. He loved being a part of the community in Sac - knowing all of you. Practicing law was his life's passion along with teaching all of us what he did - cribbage, how to waterski, hunting, professional advice, tips on the golf course, Native American History and the beauty of their artwork, life with golden retrievers by your side, and sharing updates into the lives of his five children who he gave the confidence to go out in this world and make it the best. Oh how he was loved and really did love life. Dad loved Sac City and we will always call it our hometown too. Dad is at peace now and we are comforted by that and know he is reunited with so many of his family and friends that have gone before him. We are taking things as they come so please be patient as we all get to Sac from out of state and figure out the best send-off plan to properly honor Dad. ”
- Megan McCullough
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 7:50 AM
“Thinking of you and your family Erin with love and prayers.”
- Marlene Glasnapp
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