David Wayne McCulloch

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January 3, 1947 ~ August 14, 2022

Born in: Waxahachie , Texas
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

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David Wayne McCulloch, 75, passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2022.

David Wayne McCulloch was born on January 3, 1947 in Waxahachie, Texas to Dorothy Helen Chenault McCulloch and Willie Ersell McCulloch.  David spent his youth farming and ranching with his father while attending Avalon High School.  He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and then went on to get an MBA from Southern Methodist University.  David worked for 45 years designing and building drilling equipment with National Supply, The Baylor Company, and then retired from Hydra Rig (NOV).  Not a man to sit still long, after retirement he returned to farm and ranching activities around his parents original homeplace near Bardwell/Avalon.

David was a hardworking man who loved the Lord, his family, and his cows. He praised and worshiped daily tending to God’s beautiful soil and creatures.  It was noted at his passing, that the callouses on his fingers were so thick a pulse oximeter could not even read his oxygen blood level.  This should come as no surprise to anyone who knew David well.

David passed unexpectedly on August 14, 2022 from a fall causing severe head trauma while procuring equipment for his ranch. He will be deeply missed by so many, but may we all realize how blessed we are for knowing such an extraordinary man.

He is survived by; his wife Vicki Steele McCulloch, sons Kevin Wayne McCulloch, Timothy James McCulloch, Bradley Kyle McCulloch, daughter in law Chandra Nelson McCulloch, grandchildren Maddison Kay McCulloch, Casey James McCulloch, Kevin Blake McCulloch and Brock Keith McCulloch. He was preceded in death by his brother Wille Ersell McCulloch, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you give to others and/or a charity of your choice, to give and love on others freely as David always did.

Services will be held on Thursday August 25, 2022 at Wade Family Funeral Home at 4140 W Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76013.  Visitation will start at 1:00 p.m. with the funeral service stating at 3:00 p.m.  Graveside service will follow at 5:30 p.m. at Forreston cemetery.

Broadcast Date:

Wade Family Funeral Home Broadcast


Public Visitation: August 25, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Service: August 25, 2022 3:00 pm

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Graveside Service: August 25, 2022 5:30 pm

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  1. I am so very saddened to hear of the passing of this extraordinary man and friend Dave McCulloch. I worked with Dave during his time at Hydra Rig and found him to be a man of great integrity and kindness. Dave was a wise and intelligent man and was always eager to share his wisdom and lend a helping hand. He was a wonderful mentor to those who were fortunate to know him.

    • Agreed John. I was blessed to have the opportunity to spend some time with him in a family setting even if shortlived. He struck me as a very kind, giving, patient, strong, and overall wholesome individual. He will be missed greatly.

  2. Oh Vicki, Tim, and Brad,

    My heart goes out to you guys. I know you will miss him so much. And I do know that you will be reunited someday, however the pain now is very real.

    The thing I will always remember about David is I never saw him without a smile. He smiled absolutely all the time. And he was just extraordinarily warm. Steve and I both know he was one of the good guys.

  3. CandleImageMy sweet friend Vicki,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of David. I wish I could be at the service, we are going to be out of town. I will be praying for you and your family. I am certainly here for you, you know how to get me at day or night.
    With all my love and prayers~
    Tami Tucker

  4. CandleImageDear Vickie, I know he was a wonderful husband and father. I’m so very sorry. The Lord will see you through.
    Susan Cook

  5. So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a real gentleman. I so enjoyed working with him at Hydra Rig. He always made me smile. My deepest sympathy to the whole family.

  6. Linda and I are saddened to hear of David’s passing. He was a gentleman and a great engineer.

  7. Wow, it sure messed up my day when I received the news of Dave’s passing especially under such unfortunate circumstances. I am so sorry. But what a MAN I knew him to be. We were born 6 months apart, went to UTA same time and graduated with BSME 6 months apart. I didn’t know him then, but 25 years later I went to work at Hydra Rig where Dave had been employed for several years. Over the next dozen or so years, I got to know Dave as coworker and later (at the time of my retirement) as my boss. He was always cordial, kind, respectful and would stop anything he was doing if you wanted to get his assistance, advice, or direction. He was a man of God. I could tell he loved the Lord. Dave, as usual, I’m not far behind you, and when I get there, I hope your ranch (mansion) is nearby.

  8. Shocked and saddened describe my emotions this week.
    David has been calling me sometimes three times a month to check on me since his brother Willie passed in 2021. He was a dear brother-in-law and I will miss those conversations and I will miss his sweet personality. He probably never knew how much I appreciated his support during my grief.
    Rest in Peace, David. Your sister-in-law Mary

  9. I am so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss. I have fond memories of David while we were growing up and attending school at Avalon. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

  10. CandleImageUncle David words can’t express how much you will be missed and how much we would have liked you to stay with us just a little longer. You were such a good man, patriarch, mentor and friend. I will miss our conversations and listening to the wonderful stories and knowledge you so easily shared. You were loved and liked by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing you and I’m glad to have had you in my life rest in peace my loving uncle..smile down on us we will always love and remember you ❤️

  11. Mrs. Vicki,
    I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. I’ll be praying for you during this difficult time .

    Love , Lizzie

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