Carl McClure Junior, 96, of Bellefontaine, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022, at his residence.
He was born on December 30, 1925, in Casstown, OH to the late Carl McClure and Ethel (Hess) McClure.
On June 15, 1984, he married Becky McClure, who still survives.
He is survived by his children, Doris McClure LeVan of Sidney, and Jimmy (Kim) Riley of Bellefontaine. Five grandchildren, Michelle (Eric) Zumbrun of Degraff, David (Christina) Campbell of St. Paris, Fred Campbell of Sidney, Kristy Riley, and Kody Riley both of Bellefontaine. Two great-grandchildren, Laura Campbell of St. Paris and Troy Hughes of Bellefontaine. Two nephews, Robert E. McClure and Roy McClure both of West Liberty.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Sue Campbell. Siblings, Robert McClure, Howard McClure, Dale McClure and Ruby Codrington. Nephews, Allen McClure and Richard McClure, who was also his best friend.
Jr. started farming at the age of 16 in 1941. He purchased his farm in 1948 and lived there for 74 years. He did a lot of custom corn picking and bailing until his retirement. He enjoyed restoring tractors with his son, participating in numerous West Liberty Labor Day parades with his antique tractors, traveling with his wife, time with his dog, Kassi, and spending time with his friends and family. Jr. and his wife also volunteered many years at Scioto Hills Church Camp. He also enjoyed bowling, collecting John Deere antiques, woodworking, and puzzles. Everyone who met Jr. was blessed with his contagious smile, he loved life.
Jr. was laid to rest with a private burial on Wednesday, January 12, at Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty. Pallbearers were Jimmy Riley, David Campbell, Eric Zumbrun, Kody Riley, Robert E. McClure, Chad Brown, Don King, and Jeff Boyd. Honorary pallbearers were Roy McClure, Robert R. McClure, and Keith Bell.
A celebration of life will be conducted in the spring.
Memorial contributions can be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tennessee 37214.
Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, West Liberty, is honored to serve the McClure family and encourages anyone to share a fond memory or message of condolence at www.edsfh.com.