May 24, 1943 – August 3, 2021
Duane died in 8021 after a 7-year battle with multiple myeloma. He passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side.
He was born the second of 6 children to Mabel (Blackford) and Robert McCullough on May 24, 1943 in Great Falls, MT. The family moved to Billings when he was a toddler. Duane graduated from Billings Central High School in 1961. Prior to graduating from high school, he met the love of his life and best friend, Donna (Ginther) whom he married on August 25, 1962. They raised 4 children in Billings: Greg McCullough (Jim Timberman), Kami Cater (Billy), Tanya McCullough and Scott McCullough. They were married for 53 years before Donna died of pancreatic cancer in 2015.
Duane graduated from Eastern Montana College in 1971. He worked for Ryan’s Grocery, which was eventually bought by SuperValu. Duane and Donna moved to Gig Harbor, WA for a few years, where he retired from SuperValu in 1998 and soon opened his own tax firm.
Duane and Donna moved back to Montana in 2004 when they moved full-time to their home on Canyon Ferry Lake outside Helena. The family has many special memories of their time together at Canyon Ferry. There were many family gatherings. They spent much of their time there with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Duane loved tubing and water skiing on the lake with his grandchildren. They spent many nights with their families around the campfire. In their later years, they would sit by the water and watch their grandchildren and great-grandchildren splash in the lake. As Duane’s cancer progressed, he grew weaker and eventually sold the lake house and moved to Helena.
After Donna’s death, Duane was blessed to meet his special friend, Sunny Steinhoff. She gave him love and companionship in his final years. She will always be a special part of the family.
Duane leaves behind his children, Greg (Jim Timberman), Kami Cater (Billy), Tanya McCullough, Scott McCullough, girlfriend Sunny Steinhoff, sisters Marietta Rudio, Michelle (Mike) Warren, Karen Burtch, sister-in-law Barb Chord, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren .
He was preceded in death by his wife Donna, parents Bob and Mable, brothers Warren and Mark, brother-in-law Jerry Rudio and brother-in-law Dick Chord.
Duane’s family wants Dr. A special thank you to Justin Thomas and his team at the Bozeman Health Cancer Center and the St Peter’s Hospice team.
On Wednesday, August 11 at noon, a funeral mass will be held at Ss Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, 120 W. Riggs St in East Helena. Mass will be followed by a reception at the Missouri River Brewing Company, 451 Spencer, East Helena. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society and either St Peter’s Hospice or the local Hospice of your choice. Visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer condolences to the family or share a memory of Duane.
Published by Helena Independent Record on August 8, 2021.