Graveside ServiceFort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Lawrence Eldon McCulloch, born on March 4, 1926, in San Antonio, Texas, passed away on October 18, 2021, In Garden Ridge, Texas, at the age of 95. Lawrence grew up with a large family consisting of his parents, 8 brothers and 1 sister. He grew up working on the family farm in Von Ormy, Texas, which is still there today. Lawrence graduated from Somerset High School and was drafted into the army and shipped out to Germany right after D-Day for WWII. After returning from WWII, he worked at Acme Iron Works and joined the Air Force Reserves. He then married the love of his life, Frances McCulloch. Lawrence and Frances had 2 sons, Larry and Dale. He then enlisted and joined the Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, he was sent to Alaska and served during the Korean War. While living in Alaska with his wife and eldest son, Larry, they welcomed baby number 2, Dale McCulloch. After being stationed in Alaska, he went on to serve in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Following the Vietnam War, he returned home to Texas and worked at the Brooks Air Force Base Aerospace Medicine Department. Throughout his career, he was a machinist who worked on the flight line and special projects. Lawrence was known for getting things done on the flight line and aircrafts. He also trained the new guys who were entering the military and was good at everything he did. He was their go to guy for special projects.
While working in the Brooks Aerospace Medicine Dept., he trained the monkey that was sent into space and built the capsule the monkey traveled in. The monkey survived his trip to space and made it back home safely. While serving in WWII, he even freed one of his own brothers from a German concentration camp and was completely unaware, until returning home. He even talked about playing baseball while in Alaska, because it would stay daylight 24 hours a day for months at a time. He played on a baseball team for the military all over Europe. He was even put on a boxing team and said he mostly won because he was left-handed and they had only 3 rounds and he could knock them out before they got accustomed to his left handed punch. He had great stories. He retired after 30 years of proudly serving his country.
Throughout his life, he was a loving husband and father. He coached his boy’s little league baseball teams throughout their young life, and he loved the Yankees. He used to say, “I’m a jack of all trades and master of none.” Which meant he could do a lot. We thought he was a master of all. He fixed or built anything. In fact, he was given a large windmill that he erected on his farm property. He painted the blades red, white, and blue. To do this, he tied a rope to himself and the windmill. A little dangerous, but he was patriotic to his core. The windmill is beautiful and still stands today. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He is loved and will be greatly missed.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Frances McCulloch, parents, and 8 brothers. Lawrence is survived by his 2 sons, Larry McCulloch and wife Marilyn, and Dale McCulloch and wife Sandra; sister, Dorothy McCulloch; grandchildren, Stacey Wheeler and husband Brian, Miranda Gonzales and husband Andre, Waylon McCulloch, Weston McCulloch, Joshua Geortz, Isiah Geortz, and Jason Winkle; great grandchildren, Liam Wheeler and Wesley Winkle.
A Graveside Service with military honors will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 2:00 PM, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.