Bernard "Bernie" McCullen

September 19, 1930October 14, 2020

Bernard McCullen, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away Oct. 14, 2020 at the age of 90.

Bernie was born in Saginaw to Patrick and Blanche (Barnes) McCullen. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1948 and was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone Company for 40 years. Bernie enlisted in the US Army and proudly served his country for 3 years during the Korean War. He married Jean Ittner in 1954 and raised a family in Saginaw. Bernie liked to play softball, golf, bowl, fish, travel, read, and play cards. He had a strong faith in God and was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by Jean in 1980; his eight siblings; and his step-son, Steven Shuster. Bernie is survived by his second wife, Nancy Rice McCullen; daughter, Patrice (Ron) Beaton; son, Mark (Roxanne) McCullen; step-daughter, Susan (Mark) Paxton; step-son, William Shuster; grandchildren, Amanda, Gregory, Katherine, Jennifer, Brittany; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, Oct. 24 at Oakwood Cemetery in Saginaw. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bernie may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1020 Court St, Saginaw, MI 48602 or to a charity of your choice.

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    Saturday, October 24, 2020


Bernard "Bernie" McCullen

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October 22, 2020

To my cousins Bill & Susan, Mark & Patrice and extended family,
My sincerest condolences on your loss....Bernie was indeed one of the good ones.
A gentle, loving soul who will be greatly missed. May the Good Lord grant you comfort.
Carol Shuster Swartz

Sharon Wisniewski

October 19, 2020

Mark, Patrice, and all of Bernie's family and friends: We share in your sorrow, for Uncle Bernie was a truly good and honorable man, and my Dad's very best friend. On behalf of my siblings, we are so thankful for that friendship. Bernie and Dad took walks together every evening when they lived just a few doors apart, and I'm sure that was their favorite time of day. Then there were trips to the casino. Then when Mom died, Bernie and Dad again were often together supporting and entertaining one another. My parents and yours had a very special relationship which serves as a great example to us. We have only wonderful memories of your parents, and we hope that all the best memories of Bernie, and Jean, sustain you. With love, Sharon and Brian (and Kathleen, John, and Laura)