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Correction: Memorial service for Ramcharger Skip McCully

by Bill Cawthon on

A memorial service has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, at 7:00 PM for Dudley “Skip” Lisle McCully, Jr., one of the first members of the Ramchargers. The date was changed from Saturday, August 20 to avoid a conflict with the Dream Cruise.

Skip passed away July 20, 2011, with his family by his side. He was 77 years old.

Skip McCully was born Nov. 19, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A 1955 mechanical engineering graduate of Carnegie Tech, he went to Chrysler Institute, graduating in the Class of 1957 with a master’s degree in automotive engineering.

It was while he was at Chrysler that Skip became one of the original “Ram Chargers” in 1959. Skip and Tom Hoover chaired the engine committee when the team turned a 1949 Plymouth Business Coupe into the ground- and record-breaking C/Altered “High and Mighty” drag racer.

After leaving Chrysler, Skip worked for Eaton Manufacturing and General Motors, retiring from the Pontiac Division after doing design work on the Pontiac GTO, the Super Duty 455 Engine Program, and picking up multiple awards for manufacturing innovation. From 1986 to 2000, Skip was a partner in Automotive System Technology (AST). His recent activities included working with the Three Lakes Association (TLA) in membership and water quality research on Lake Bellaire. His special love was for loon preservation on Lake Bellaire.

Skip was an avid sailor, serving as the commander of Birmingham Power Squadron and a basic boating class instructor. He was also active on stage and in lighting for Avon Players in Rochester, Michigan.

Skip is survived by Nancy, his wife of 55 years, his son Lee, and daughter, Alicia (John) Taylor. He was the proud grandfather of Darrin Lee, Megan Leigh, Michael Douglas and Mason Alan McCully and Trevor Duncan and Aaron Hung-Ta Taylor.

The memorial service will be held at the Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester.

Pixley Funeral Home
322 West University Drive
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 651-9641

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the TLA, PO Box 689, Bellaire, MI 49615 (231) 533-4852 or the “Loon Network,” PO Box 117, Alden, MI 49612. Please sign Skip’s online guestbook.

In an e-mail, Lee McCully said, “Encourage all the hotrodders to show up in their rides! Dad would LOVE that!”

Thanks to Marc Rozman and Bob Lees (who noted that the High and Mighty II would make an appearance) for passing this along.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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