April 9, 2014


E. Dione McCullough, 82, of Scranton, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014 at Regency Park in Jefferson, Iowa.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, at United Methodist Church in Scranton with the Rev. Charlie Thompson officiating. Organist for the service will be Lula Garnes. Casket bearers will be Doug Lawton, Steve Snebley, Kim Bates, Neal Hoyt, Austin Minnihan and Colton Morlan. Burial will be at Dillavou Cemetery near Scranton.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Dahn and Woodhouse in Scranton. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Friday when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Dione's family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born Dec. 21, 1931, in Perry, Iowa, she was a daughter of Claude and Estelle (Ellett) Bryant. Her family live in Perry until she was 7 years old when they moved to a farm north of Scranton. Dione attended country school as a girl and graduated from Scranton High School in 1949. Following high school she worked for Bergman's Grocery Store in Scranton and later for a drug store in Jefferson.

She married Wayne Morlan on July 22, 1950, in El Paso, Texas. The couple lived in Texas while Wayne served in the U.S. Army, and Dione moved back to Scranton when Wayne went overseas. After Wayne's military service the couple farmed east of Scranton, where they raised their family. Wayne passed away in June 1983. Dione married Joe McCullough on Dec. 29, 1991. Joe and Dione have made their home west of Scranton, and she moved to Regency Park in Jefferson in February 2014.

She was a member of the Greenbrier United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. Dione was a 4-H leader while her children were growing up. She wrote a column in the Scranton Journal for many years about community events, and in later years she wrote about their beloved pet rooster Clarence. Dione collected tea pots and enjoyed giving presentations about them to various clubs and organizations. Dione had a kind, warm heart and a zeal for life. She was always ready to get in the car and go. She loved spending time with her family and her many good friends.

Dione is survived by her husband Joe of Scranton; sons Jonathan Morlan and his wife Rhonda of Jefferson and Daniel Morlan and his wife Sarah of Grimes, Iowa; a daughter Ellen Minnihan and her husband Mark of Ames, Iowa; three grandchildren: Austin Minnihan, Colton Morlan and Katie Minnihan; a stepson Kevin McCullough of Halbur, Iowa; three step-grandchildren: Sierra, Kayla, and John McCullough; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wayne, and a sister Cleone Anderson.