Walter Leonard McCulley was born May 25, 1922 in Kansas City, Kan. He was the only child of Nellie Coss McCulley and James Claude McCulley. He spent his youth in Kansas City, graduating from Wyandotte High School and attending the local junior college.
In July 1943 Walter joined the US Navy. He served until April of 1946 as a Radioman. His tour of duty included an eight month assignment on Wake Island.
Shortly after returning from the service, he married Marjorie Mapes and they began their life together.
In 1947 they moved to Santa Barbara where Walter graduated from UCSB. A two year teaching stint in Cuyama, followed his graduation before returning to the Santa Barbara area for 25 years. Further educational pursuits led to an M.A. in education at USC.
Walt was a teacher, principal, and superintendent of Cold Springs School, Santa Barbara. During this time, he and Marjorie welcomed and raised their four children.
Early in their marriage, the McCulleys became Christians and this set a pattern for their lifetime of church involvement and service.
In 1977, after retirement, the McCulleys served as volunteers at the Navajo Gospel Mission in Oraibi, Ariz. Walter worked as the administrator for the Navajo Boarding School on the reservation.
In 1979, the McCulleys moved to Prescott, Ariz. where they continued their church involvement while pursuing various forms of employment, many a far cry from their teaching profession.
Then, 30 years ago, the draw back to California brought them to Paso Robles, a town very similar to Prescott with its downtown plaza and Carnegie Library.
Walt spent much of his time at Atascadero Bible Church where he helped in various capacities. His love of Country and Patriotism were his passions. He had many other interests, including woodworking, gardening, photography, and stamp collection.
Walter is survived by his wife, Marjorie, four children: Tim McCulley, Colleen Smith(Jim), Terri Thompson (Mark) , Barbara McCulley, and four grandchildren: Kasey Coleman, Krystle Levin (Ross), Danielle Thompson, and Kody Coleman.
The following words were written by Walter. He asked that they be printed after his death:
Walter L. McCulley passed from this life to be with his Lord on Jan. 12, 2018. He had put his trust in the only Savior of mankind many years prior to his home going. Walter did not earn his way to eternal life with Christ by his works. Instead he received it as a free gift due to his faith in the person and works of the Messiah, Christ Jesus. God graciously gave Mr. McCulley free will, just as he gives to every person. Walter had the right to choose his eternal destination. He chose life through Christ. Each of us has the right to choose. We do not have the right not to choose, and we do not have the right to choose the consequences of our choice. God is not willing that any should perish. It is our decision to live with Him or to be separated from God forever. The Bible says, “It is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment.” It is of little importance what we do in this life, only how we run the race for Him on earth. Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock, if any man will open the door, I will come in to him.” Put your trust in Jesus Christ before your name appears in this section of the newspaper, for then it will be everlastingly too late. The choice is yours. It is the most important decision of your life.
A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, Feb 6 at 2 p.m. at Atascadero Bible Church, Atascadero.