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Kenneth E. McClellan

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Kenneth E. McClellan, 80, Brazil, passed away on Monday, Jan. 16, at Union Hospital due to an extended illness.

He was born on Aug. 5, 1931, in Clay County. He was the son of E. Dempsey and Olive (Gray) McClellan.

He attended Brazil High School but moved to Phoenix, Az., where he graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1950.

He was an outstanding athlete and was selected All American in football and had offers from several colleges. In Nov. of 1951, he enlisted in the US Army and served 15 months on the front lines in the Korean War. He was Honorably Discharged in September of 1953. While in the military he received several awards and medals.

He married Loretta (Walker) McClellan in Jan. 1952, and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. After returning home, he attended two years at Indiana State University. After college, he worked many years with his father in the painting and decorating business.

He was the Director of the Brazil YMCA for several years and one of the original founders of the Clay Youth League. He touched many peoples lives during that time.

He oversaw several athletic programs for the city of Brazil and surrounding areas. He was the area ASA Commissioner for several years and retired in 2000. Kenny was an active member of the American Legion, Elks and the VFW, where he was a lifetime member.

He is proceeded in death by his mother and father, his sister Geneieve McClellan Buck, grandson Zacharie McClellan and special friend Debbie Perrelle, Terre Haute. He is survived by his wife Loretta and five children Tedde McClellan, Brazil, Terre Dickerson (Larry), Brooklet, Ga., Mike, Rob (Sandi), Gary, all of Brazil and his fiance May Limbaga, Philippines.

He is also survived by nine grandchildren Kenna McClellan, Lori Miller (Bob), Shanna Howard (Chad), Amy Dickerson, Katie Lunsford (Chad), Kraig McClellan (Brittany), Matt, Kaleb and Geoff McClellan. He is also survived by 16 (soon to be 18) great grandchildren and a very special cousin Logan (Pudge) and Lucille Smith, along with his beloved dogs Georgia and Mo.

Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Grace Chapel, 2104 W. United States 40, Brazil, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with a Memorial Service following with full military rites from the VFW.

There will be cards to write your favorite memories to share with his family. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to the Clay County Humane Society.

Please join Kenneth's family in sharing memories, photos and videos of his life through his tribute wall atwww.SimpleCremationsAndBurials.com.