Archive for Thursday, February 16, 2006

William Henry McClain

February 16, 2006

Services for retired Sgt. 1st Class William Henry McClain, 59, Leavenworth, will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Leavenworth. A graveside service with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Mr. McClain died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at his home.

He was born Nov. 1, 1946, in Independence, Mo., the son of Claude and Bernice (Roberts) McClain.

Mr. McClain retired from the U.S. Army in 1985, with his last assignment at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. He served two tours in Vietnam and received numerous citations. After his military service, he worked as a counselor at Lansing Correctional Facility, retiring from there in 1998. He then worked for Corrections Corporation of America and Providence Medical Center until he took a medical retirement in 2000.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 56, American Legion Post 23, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 55 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7.

He married Yi Chung Cha on March 1, 1967 in Munsan-Ri, South Korea. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Kenny T. and Billy D., both of Leavenworth; a daughter, Nancy L. Bigger, Milton, Pa.; his mother, Bernice Dine, Independence, Mo.; two brothers, Claude Jr. and Johnny H.; five sisters, Bernice Bakke, Dollie Duran, Cathy Green, Sylvia Norman and Sherry McClain; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to VFW Post 56, sent in care of Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth 66048.

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