John McCullough was born in San Diego on Sept. 7, 1923, and passed peacefully in his home in Sonoma on May 31, 2014, with his loving daughter by his side.
He moved to Sacramento at an early age and met the love of his life, Alta Lee Blackwell. They were married and enjoyed 60 wonderful years together. John and Alta moved to Sonoma in 2010 to be near their daughter and son-in-law to live out their final years.
John worked at the Sacramento Army Depot as a machine shop foreman for 40 years. Once retired, John took a position at Pan American Airways. There, he and Alta traveled the world. Some of their favorite trips were to New Zealand, Australia and Barbados. But of all their travels, they mostly enjoyed taking family vacations to the Hawaiian Islands.
Dad had a passion for Hot Rods and someday wanted to build a car kit. He had just refilled a few of his car magazine subscriptions! When asked what he wanted for his 90th birthday, he thought for a minute and said, “a Porsche, a puppy and a trip to Belize!!!” We ended up taking him to Maui and Oahu, staying at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and reminiscing on all the incredible trips from years past.
John was a soft-spoken, quiet, working class man. He was polite and never had a harsh word to say about anyone. John enjoyed watching all the SF Giants baseball games and the SF 49ers on any given Sunday.
John considered himself a family man, and is survived by his only daughter, Sandra Leigh McCullough of Kenwood, his son-in-law Jason Blaine of Kenwood, and his two grandchildren, Monica Claire Blaine and Dana Michele Blaine. He thought of Irene Harper of Sonoma as one of the family, and always called her “his only other daughter.”
John will be missed by those he touched and there will be an empty space in the dining hall next to his tablemate, Ed Wohlers, at Sonoma Hills Retirement Center.
We say, “Ke Akua pu a hui hou”, which means in Hawaiian “May God bless you until we meet again.”
There will not be a public service at his request. His remains will be joined with his beloved wife Alta Lee on the Island of Oahu. Aloha Nui Loa, Dad!