Archive for Thursday, February 16, 2006

Obituary: SFC William Henry McClain


February 16, 2006

— Sgt. First Class William Henry McClain, 59, Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at home with his family by his side. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Beldon-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. The Rev. David McEvoy will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Leavenworth. A graveside service officiated by Chaplain Gary "Sam" Sanford and burial with full military honors will follow in the Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Mr. McClain was born the son of Claude and Bernice (Roberts) McClain on Nov. 1, 1946, in Independence, Mo. He married Yi Chung Cha on March 1, 1967, at the Wonang-Wedding Hall in Munsan-Ri, South Korea. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1985 being last assigned to the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. He served two tours in Vietnam and received numerous citations. After the Army he worked for the Lansing Correctional Facility as a counselor and retired in 1998. He then worked for CCA and the Providence Medical Center until he was medically retired in 2000. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #56, American Legion Post #23, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #55, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #7.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Chung Cha McClain; two sons, Kenny T. McClain and wife, Kathy; and Billy D. McClain and wife, Pamela, all of Leavenworth; a daughter, Nancy L. Bigger and husband, Scott, Milton, Pa.; his mother, Bernice Dine, Independence, Mo.; two brothers, Claude McClain Jr. and Johnny H. McClain; five sisters, Bernice Bakke, Dollie Duran, Cathy Green, Sylvia Norman and Sherry McClain; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His father, Claude McClain and a sister, Brenda L. McClain, preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the VFW Post #56 in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements: Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapels, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth, KS 66048, (913) 682-1614.

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