Bob McClain, age 86, of Shelby, died Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at his home.
Bob was born December 26, 1935 in Logan County, West Virginia to the late Ersel and Opal (Crum) McClain. He was a proud United States Marine Corps veteran, serving in Japan during the Korean War from 1954-1956, and remained in the Reserves from 1956-1962. Bob spent his career at General Motors in Ontario for 36 years as a crane operator and a die setter and retired in 1993. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shelby and the American Legion O’Brien Post #326.
Bob was a golfer through and through- a hobby and sport he genuinely loved and enjoyed. He was proud to have earned a hole-in-one at Woody Ridge Golf Course. In addition to golf, Bob had enjoyed shooting trap and sporting clay, was a hunter, and was a proud member of the NRA. He also loved to travel.
Bob was a loving father and husband who will be sorely missed by his wife of nearly 63 years, Vella (Horn) McClain, whom he wed on June 6, 1959; his daughter: Debra McClain of Cincinnati; sisters: Donna Jean Adkins of WV and Loretta Grass of FL; in-laws: Della (Bugsy) Newport and Sherlen (Della) Horn both of Shelby; and other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother: Teddy McClain; and sisters: Icelean Franklin, Maxine Nelson, Janice Elkins, and Louise Ellis.
Funeral services for Bob will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 1 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Calling hours will not be observed. Pastor Brad Gentille will officiate with burial following in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Shelby, 185 South Gamble Street, Shelby, OH 44875 or to the Richland County Dog Shelter, 810 North Home Road, Mansfield, OH 44904.
Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence on Bob’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.