Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Bob McClain

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.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Tina Herzog says:

    Vel and Deb i am so sorry for your loss..Bob will be missed especially by my Dad.

  2. David Elkins says:

    Bob was my uncle. Whom I admired and respected all my life. He talked my mother and father into moving to Shelby to live and better their life so many years ago. He truly loved my mother and all his siblings. He was a rock for my mother in her later years, providing brotherly love when she needed it most. He stayed close to my father also, introducing him to golf in his retirement years, and being his hunting partner in their younger days. I loved to listen to his adventures. His uncanny ability to remember dates, times, location’s, etc. truly amazed everyone around him. He was a true Marine, loved his country, and his family. Thankyou Uncle Bob for all we have shared over the years. I miss you .

  3. Marcia Hall says:

    Vella and family;
    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My prayers are with you for comfort and strength at this time.
    Marcia Hall

  4. Kathleen Kurtz travis says:

    My family is so sorry that Bobby has passed on. He’s with teddy and the rest of his family in hea-ven. May he rest in peace. God bless him and keep him in heaven.

  5. Johnny casteel says:

    So sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing will be deeply missed by all who had come to know him
    We spent a many days and nights in Michigan fishing
    Can still hear his most famous words YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Vella and Deb

    God bless
    Johnny Casteel

  6. Pam Braddock says:

    So sorry to hear of his padding. Our prayers are with you. Pam Braddock and Ben Horn

  7. Richard Russell says:

    My prayers and sympathy for Vella, Debra, and all of the family. When my late wife, Amy, and I were newlyweds back in the ’70’s, we bought our first house from Bobby & Vella. They treated us “kids” with kindness and respect in that transaction and we always remembered them with gratitude. We had the stove and refrigerator that came with that house for 30 years after, a good reminder of two very good people for all those years.

  8. Sharon Eldridge says:

    God comfort & keep Bobby’s family. What a dear sweet man of God!

  9. Rick Billheimer says:

    So sorry for your loss, he was a good man.

  10. Ralph and Ramona Kelley says:

    We knew Bob from our years in the Shelby area. He was a good friend and we know he will be missed by family and friends near and far. Our sympathies to Vella, Debbie, and family.

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