Robert “Rob” F. McCullough II
d. September 9, 2018
Robert “Rob” F. McCullough II, 63, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018, in Maple Park, Illinois.
Rob was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Robert F. McCullough and Jane E. (McKendrick) McCullough. He attended Glenbrook South High School (Glenview, Illinois) and after graduation, attended Denver Automotive Diesel College (Denver, Colorado), graduating in 1975. He returned to the Chicagoland area and eventually started a successful automotive repair shop, followed by a successful transmission repair shop, Batavia Transmission, in Batavia, Illinois. After more than a decade in the automotive industry, Rob pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot and worked as a commercial airline pilot with two major airlines. Rob eventually moved to southwest Colorado, where his family also had roots, where he took a job with the Colorado Department of Transportation working on the dangerous Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton.
Though it was in the Chicago area that he met his wife of 33 years, Linda, they moved to Colorado in 2008. But Maple Park, Illinois, was always his “home,” as he and Linda raised their three sons, Daniel, Nicholas, and Matthew, there, and continued to return to the area to oversee other prospective business ventures and spend time with his friends and family there.
A lifelong learner, Rob loved to research and try different ventures, from gardening to UFO research to ranching. He loved to laugh and never knew a stranger. Above all, he looked forward to time spent with his children and granddaughter, Grace.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; sons Daniel (Amanda), Nicholas, and Matthew; granddaughter, Grace; sister, Mona Jane Comici; half-siblings Andrew and Stewart McCullough and Rebecca Boskovic; lifelong best friend who was considered a brother, Scott Kolbaba.
A private memorial service to celebrate Rob’s life will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Chapel Street Church, formerly First Baptist, 2300 South Street, Geneva, Illinois. A second memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at the 4H Events Center in Ridgway, Colorado.