Chester McCullough, 95, First Presbyterian Church of River Forest deacon and elder

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Chester Charlton McCullough Jr., 95, a resident of River Forest for almost 60 years, died on Aug. 19, 2012. Born on March 18, 1917, in the city of Chicago, the son of Chester C. and Una (McFarland) McCullough, he attended the Harvard School for Boys, Beloit College (B.A., 1939), Chicago Kent College of Law (LL.B., 1947, and J.D., 1948), and the University of Chicago (MBA, 1953).

While at Beloit College, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; in law school, at Kent, he worked on the Law Review; at the University of Chicago, he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. Mr. McCullough was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sons of the American Revolution, and the University Club of Chicago.

He served in World War II (private to captain), training with the 63rd Infantry Division, in the U.S., and then serving with the 26th Infantry Division in Europe; after V. E. Day, he was assigned to the Military Government of Germany. Recalled for the Korean Conflict, he served as a civil affairs officer in Korea.

In 1939, Mr. McCullough went to work for Chicago Title and Trust Company as a junior clerk. He was elected vice president of that company in 1957. In 1964, he transferred to the subsidiary, Chicago Title Insurance Company, from which he retired in 1982 as senior vice president and secretary. In 1942, he married Jean Lenore Coffman, who died in 1986.

A longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, he served as deacon and elder and in several other capacities.

Chester McCullough is survived by his children, Dr. Celia M. McCullough (Gary Kaplan) and Major Daniel C. McCullough (Sue); four grandchildren, Ian, Zoe, Ashley, and Alex; his stepgrandson, Tobias (Carey) Kaplan and their children, Bonham and Ocoee; his niece, Terryl Rodrian Fisher (Lew) and their daughter, Elizabeth Sullivan; and many nieces and nephews on the Coffman family side. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Rodrian, and nephew, Jay Rodrian. His family expresses deep gratitude to his wonderful friends in River Forest who allowed him to continue to live where he wanted to be — most of all to his special friend, John, to his kind and gracious caregivers at Renaissance Assisted Living, Amedisys, and Tennova Residential Hospice in Knoxville, Tennessee, and to his prayer supporters around the country.

After a family interment service at Forest Home Cemetery, beside his beloved wife, a memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church on Aug. 25.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to First Presbyterian Church, River Forest, or Boy Scout Troop 65, c/o Michael J. Harkins, 929 William, River Forest, IL 60305.

Arrangements were handled by Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel ( in Knoxville, Tenn.

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