C. Dale  McClain


C. Dale McClain, 88, of North Beaver Township, passed away on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio, following complications from hip surgery. Dale was born on March 15, 1930, in North Beaver Township, son of the late Joseph Charles and Agnes Eletha McClain. Dale grew up on the family farm and graduated from Mt. Jackson High with the class of 1948. On July 15, 1950, he married the former Mary Jo Kaufmann and together they had three children. He then married the former Marjorie Merritt on Jan. 18, 1980, and she died in March 2016. Dale was an interstate truck driver for Great Lakes Express Company, but in his later years drove and worked for Bessemer Supply. Dale was raised in the Bethel Presbyterian community, but had been associated with the Highland United Presbyterian Church in New Castle. Dale was a devoted honorary lifetime retired member of the Teamsters Local 92 and had also earned his life senior membership to hunt with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Dale enjoyed his time spent with family and friends at the camp in West Monterey. Dale also enjoyed hunting, poker and Euchre, but not necessarily in that order. Dale is survived by his children, Katherine (Dennis) Popelka of Chesterland, Ohio, and Paula (William; deceased) Somers of Palos Heights, Illinois; stepchildren, Diane (Thomas) Gabriel and Gary (Melissa) Merritt, both of New Castle; seven grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Charles; wife Marjorie; and sister, Eileen West. Service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bethel EP Church in Enon Valley, where family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Church, 154 Petersburg Road, Enon Valley, Pa 16120; or the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44110.
Published on September 5, 2018
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