Robert Lewis McCulley, Sr. age 94 of Brooklyn, died Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa. Memorial Service: 2 P.M. Sunday, April 14, 2013, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. John Dodds officiating. Military Honors will be conducted at the church. A memorial fund has been established. There will be no visitation, as Robert has donated his body to medical research. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements.
Robert is survived by his children, Marie Braswell (Bob) of Victor, and Robert L. McCulley, Jr. (Deb) of Montezuma; nine grandchildren, Christopher Braswell (Ayako) of Okinawa, Leesie Braswell of Victor, Michelle Jarnagin (Dave) of Des Moines, Katherine Braswell (Cody Daugherty) of Newton, Matthew McCulley of Cedar Falls, Alex McCulley of Williamsburg, Shelby McCulley of Marshalltown, Robert McCulley III of Montezuma, and Andy McCulley of Montezuma; four great-grandchildren, Jazmin, Noel and Sonia Braswell of Okinawa, and Cooper Daugherty of Newton. Also surviving are his siblings, Jean Williams of Barnes City, and Helen James of New Sharon; along with his sisters-in-law, Barb McCulley of New Sharon, Barb McCulley of Brooklyn, Elaine McCulley of Brooklyn, Margaret McCulley of Grinnell, and Marie McCulley of Montana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Vernon, Marvin, Donald, William, Kenneth “Tunney”, David and Harlan; two sisters, Peg Simpson and Elizabeth Acord; two siblings in infancy, Rassy and Catherine, his wife Elsie, and a special friend Beverly Weiermann.
Robert Lewis McCulley was born February 8, 1919 in rural Thornburg, Iowa, the son of John Henry and Catherine Capehart McCulley. He graduated from Gibson High School in 1936. Robert served in the U.S. Army for 4 years. He married Elsie Marie Ploog on June 1, 1941 in Kirksville, MO. He was employed over the years with the Poweshiek County Home, Amana Refrigeration, for Skinny Heinshoot as a farm hand, D.W. Hubbard Lumber Company, Fullerton Lumber Company and the Poweshiek County Bridge Crew. Robert was a member and elder of the Brooklyn Church of the Brethren until it’s closing, then he joined Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels, and enjoyed playing his guitar for folks at the nursing homes. Robert loved the outdoors, and enjoyed his counselor position at church camp, telling stories and working with his hands. He went sky diving at the ages of 80, 82, and 90. He drove people to their doctor appointments and to church services, and he loved to set up his “bubble machine”.