Founding Partner LK McCullough Passed Away

Founding Partner LK McCullough Passed Away

Tulsa, Ok. – LK McCullough, 75, of Collinsville, Oklahoma, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022 after a sudden and brief battle with complications from heart disease. Born in Collinsville to Leonard Karr McCullough and Marguerite Viola McCullough, LK was a curious, smart and rambunctious boy. He was a loyal protector from the start and dedicated his life to his strong work ethic and his family.


Upon earning his GED, LK volunteered for the Navy and served overseas in Vietnam, Japan, The Philippines, Alaska and other locales. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home and landed his first long-term career position as a route driver with a local laundry company. This kickstarted a 50-year career in the laundry business. In 1969, LK met his wife, Barbara at a local dance at the Collinsville VFW. They married and had one son, Leonard McCullough. LK was an extremely dedicated father and husband.


During the 1970’s and 1980’s, LK worked his way up the ladder in the laundry industry, serving as route supervisor, service manager, sales manager, production manager and Assistant General Manager. He then took a job as the General Manager of Healthcare Linen Specialists in Joplin, Missouri. This new position allowed LK to transition into the healthcare laundry sector. He took this startup venture from the blueprint stage to almost ten million annual pounds within a few years- all while implementing the mission of employing adults with special needs and disabilities.


After working at HLS for seven years, LK and his son Leonard decided to form a healthcare laundry company with one other partner and, as a result, Linen King began in 1999. Together, they grew Linen King into a large, regional healthcare laundry company processing more than 100 million pounds from seven locations in five states. In 2019, LK and Leonard sold Linen King but remained active as advisors and provided assistance as needed.


LK actively supported The American Heart Association, The Little Lighthouse, OU Children’s Hospital, Monte Cassino School and Collinsville Athletics. In the laundry industry, LK was known for his unrivaled and legendary work ethic, broad-based, practical knowledge and his no-nonsense but compassionate approach to management and industry operations.


His dedication, hard work and friendship is a big loss for Linen King but he inspired many of us so his legacy will live on.