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Ronald L. McClain, Sr.

   Ronald L. McClain, Sr., 79, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Wednesday, July 29.

   Ron was born on July 20, 1941, the son of Emerson C. “Red” & Phyllis Marie Sheffer McClain, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a 1959 graduate of Williamsburg High School. He married the former Bonnie J. Godsey 59 years ago on June 18, 1961, and they were blessed with two sons.
   Ron enjoyed a career as a manufacturer’s representative that spanned over 50 years. He remained active in his company, Imperial, McClain & Associates, until early June. Ron enjoyed attending area sporting events and supporting youth programs and was a generous supporter of Northeastern High School athletics. He was an avid golfer. When he was growing up, he showed horses with his Dad. He enjoyed watching Westerns throughout his life.

   Ron will be missed by his wife of 59 years, Bonnie McClain; son, Jon McClain; granddaughter, Lindsey McClain; sister & brother-in-law, Mary Lou & Buster Evans; several nieces & nephews and many friends.

   In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his son, Ron McClain, Jr.

   Public visitation for Ron will be from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 1, at the Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City.

   Ron’s life will be celebrated by Pastor David Anderson at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 1, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Earlham Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged for the Ron & Bonnie McClain Family Fund, in care of the Wayne County Foundation, 33 South Seventh Street, Richmond, IN 47374. This fund was established to fund two annual scholarships at Northeastern High School; to recognize one girl and boy in the NHS Basketball program.

   In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, visitors are required wear masks and observe physical distancing guidelines during visitation and services.


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Dear McClain Family... We just got word of Rons passing and are very much in shock. He was a true gentleman.
I met Ron in 2006 when I took the reigns of Dunbarton Corporation. I came in as a complete outsider. Ron helped me understand the history and points to be aware of. He went out of his way to welcome me to the company and industry. We worked together for several years and stayed in touch after I moved to the parent company and after I retired .... up until out last communication a couple of months ago.
Ron will missed by a lot of good folks. Betty and I are so sorry for your loss.

Pat and Betty Geiger Aug 6 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Bonnie and Family, August 1, 2020
May the Love of Friends and Family carry you through your Grief. My Dad and Ron shared A Special and Valued Friendship. I know my Dad's Heart is Aching and He is missing his Very Dear Friend Greatly. Conversations with my Dad always included something humorous that Ron had said. The two of them were a couple of Characters together. Ron's passing has left a definite void in my Dad's life not easily filled and I'm sure he will be Dearly Missed By All. My Deepest Sympathies, Your Family is in My Thoughts, Heart and Prayers. Fondly, Kelly L. Hitch Basso
Kelly L. Hitch Basso

Kelly L. Hitch Basso Aug 4 2020 12:00 AM

To the McClain family,
I am so sorry for the loss of Ron. I've worked at Do it Best Corp for 34 years and always, always enjoyed working with him! He was so fun, and great to sit and talk to at our shows a couple of times a year! He will be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with you. I hope that memories of Ron will bring you comfort & make you smile.
Beth Crilly - Do it Best Corp

Beth Crilly Aug 3 2020 12:00 AM

I have good memories of growing up in Williamsburg with Ron as a classmate and friend. As children we would go get candy at his Grandma's house . I remember his Dad's blacksmith shop. We played sports together and he will be greatly missed. with sincere sympathy to Bonnie and family, Jack and Ruth Frazer

Jack Frazer Aug 1 2020 12:00 AM

Bonnie, I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

Susan Wilson Aug 1 2020 12:00 AM

A donation pledge to Ron & Bonnie McClain Family Fund

Sending thoughts, prayers and love to our family, especially Aunt Bonnie and Jonnie, during this sad time. Wishing you strength and comfort in the days ahead. Uncle Ronnie is loved and missed by his family out here in Oregon.

Jennifer & Nick Clark Aug 1 2020 12:00 AM

Bonnie, Richard and I are so sorry to read of Ron's passing. We are unable to attend today, but you and Jon will be in our thoughts and prayers for God to give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. You both have been our friends for over 50 years and he will be so missed. If you need anything, we are just a phone call away. Sincere condolences, Janet and Richard Clark

Janet and Richard Clark Aug 1 2020 12:00 AM

My prayers & thoughts are with you Bonnie & family. Met Ron when we were in different high schools. Then he was a customer of mine at the bank over the years. I watched him succeed in the business world. A very special man. Mary Jane Miller

Mary Jane Miller Jul 31 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jane Blunk Swearingen Jul 31 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ronald L. McClain, Sr.

Lisa Kostrub--Adelman Lumber CO Jul 31 2020 12:00 AM

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