Jack D. McClellen of North Platte, Nebraska passed peacefully in his home on August 8th, 2018 at the age of 81 years.
He was born on October 20, 1936 to Albert “Mac” and Nellie McClellen in Maxwell, Nebraska where he grew up and graduated. Shortly after, he enlisted in the Air Force where he learned electronics working on airplanes.
After military service, he pursued electronics working in Ogallala, Nebraska where he met Vivien Hornyak. In 1959 they married and soon had a family of 3 children. In 1962 he began his career as a brick mason. He accomplished many goals taking pride in his work and started Scott & McClellen Masonry with his friend Rod Scott. Their business continued for 50 successful years.
He was a member of the Elks and Eagles Club and the American Legion in North Platte. He served on the School Board at Osgood Elementary in North Platte for several years.
Years later he pursued his love of airplanes and earned his private pilots license. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with family and friends.
He is remembered as a caring father and husband with family values that he passed on. He was a gracious host, a kind and fair man who touched the hearts of those who knew him. He was often quoted saying “do the best you can in everything you do” which sums up his life.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Deloit and Gary; his second wife, Verna; special friend, Joyce Harms; and Grandson, Jesse Hornbacher.
He is survived by his brother, Robert McClellen of Hershey; son, James McClellen of Grand Island; daughters, Jolene (Rick) Melton and Jill (Mike) Carroll, of North Platte; grandchildren, Amanda Caudillo of North Platte, Tiffany, Stephanie and Kory McClellen, all of Grand Island, Eric Melton of North Platte, Tonya and Chris Carroll, both of Oklahoma City and several Great Grandchildren.
Services will be held at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte on Monday, August 13th at 11:00 am. Visitation is from 4:00pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, August 12th at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Gaslin Cemetery south of Brady.
Memorial contributions are welcome to the “American Heart Association”. Online condolence may be share at www.carpentermemorial.com. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements.