Robert E. McLain Sr.

SOUTH RANGE — Robert E. McLain Sr., 91, a former resident of South Range passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the Omega House in Houghton.

He was born on April 24, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, to Daniel and Viola (Russell) McLain.

He attended the local schools around the Los Angeles area.

After high school, he was united in marriage to Clara E. Lawrence in Fresno, California.

He then enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the 6th infantry division. During his time in the United States Army, Robert served as a vehicle driver. He was a National Defense Service Medal recipient.

After being discharged from the United States Army, he worked as a supervisor for a construction company, and he retired from the Mesa Mormon Temple in 1991.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Teamsters Union.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Viola McLain; his wife, Clara; and an infant brother, Henry McLain.

He is survived by his son, Robert McLain Jr. of Port Townsend, Washington; his daughters, Sherilyn (Jorge Mendez) McLain of Phoenix, Arizona, Julie (John) Bekkala of South Range; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two brothers, Alva McCoy of Hood River, Oregon, John McLain of Vancouver, Washington; one sister, Esther McLain Henley of White Salmon, Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with President Jared Anderson to officiate. Friends may call at the church on Friday, July 14, 2017, from 3 p.m. until the time of the funeral service.

Burial will take place in Washington State at the Tahoma National Cemetery.

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The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.