NEW OXFORD Joseph P. McCullough, 82, of Cross Keys Village, died Sunday June 9, 2013 at the Hanover Hospital. He was the husband of Carolyn (Mentzer) McCullough for 56 years. A native of Carlisle, he graduated from Shippensburg State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Pennsylvania State University with a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. Post Graduate studies were taken at the University of Maryland and Rutgers University. A career guardsman with 35 years of service to the U.S. Army and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, he held every enlisted rank from recruit to Master Sergeant. He received a direct commission and retired with the rank of Brigadier General (PA-RET). Joe retired as Vice President for D. C. Heath Book Company of Lexington, MA and was a former Director of Elementary Education for the Southern School District in Glen Rock. Joe was a very active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hanover, where he was a long time usher. He was past chairman of the Parish Advisory Council and also co-chair for several fund drives. He was a member of the original group of lay members appointed to the Delone Catholic High School Board and served in that capacity for 40 years and was chairman for 15 of those years. He also served on the Harrisburg Diocesan School Board and, at a time, presided as president and secretary-treasurer. He also served as a member of the Diocesan Finance Council. Recently Joe received two Papal Honors. The first was awarded in 2007 when he was named a Knight of the Order of Pope Saint Sylvester. The latest award was bestowed upon him in 2009 when he became a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, of which in 2012, he was elevated to the rank of Knight Commander. Both awards are in recognition of his service and commitment to the church. Joe was a member of St. Joseph Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the McSherrystown Knights of Columbus where he was a Fourth Degree Member of the Fr. Cyril J. Allwein Assembly, Ancient Order of Hibernians-Friar Hegarty Division 1, B.P.O Elks in Carlisle, Officers and Faculty Club U.S. Naval Academy, Association of the U.S. Army, National Guard Association of PA, Gobin Guards Association, U.S. Armor Association, Cavalry Club of Hanover, American Legion Post 14, Notre Dame Club of Gettysburg, Penn State Alumni Association and Phi Delta Kappa. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Cathy Jo Katz and her husband Paul of Falls Church, Va. and Michele Noel and her husband Peter of Spring Grove; and a son, Michael McCullough of Sterling, Va.; and eight grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Thursday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hanover. Burial will be private at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Friends and relatives will be received Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5125 Grandview Road, Hanover. Murphy Funeral Home, McSherrystown, is in charge of the arrangements. Serving as pallbearers will be Gregory Miller, Kim Miller, Douglas Mentzer, Mathew Katz, James Katz and Joseph Noel. Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Coyne BG (PA-RET), David L. Allen, Ralph E. Wavle, Daniel P. Ernst, Robert H. Lawrence, Ronald J. Smith, Carl J. Waldman, James A. Neiderer, James Staub and Barry E. Staub. In lieu of flowers, contributions in remembrance of Joe may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5125 Grandview Rd., Hanover, PA 17331 or Delone Catholic High School, 140 South Oxford Avenue, McSherrystown, PA 17344. Online condolences and memories may be shared at: www.murphyfuneralhomeinc.com
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Published in Evening Sun on June 11, 2013