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Chester “Bud” Willis McClain
1/16/2009

Chester “Bud” Willis McClain, Quincy, formerly of Bowen, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy.

He was born June 6, 1921, in Huntsville, the son of Chester Sr. and Mamie McClain.

He married Jessamine Young on Feb. 23, 1947, in Bowen. She preceded him in death March 28, 2008.

He is survived by three children, Elaine (Dennis) Brunenn, Quincy, Wayne (Debbie) McClain, McKinleyville, Calif., and Mary (Edward) Webster, Macomb; four granddaughters, Jennifer Foster, Denise Buckner, Quincy, Angie Hoyt, Macomb, and Amber Schuchmann, Waterloo, Iowa; five great-grandsons, Casey Brunenn, Logan Brunenn, Andrew Buckner, Gage Hoyt and Max Schuchmann; three sisters, Carrie Whitford, Augusta, Goldie Craig, Quincy, and Erma Fengel; and one brother, Albert McClain, Quincy.

In addition to his wife and his parents, he was also preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, Ada Peterson, Geneva DeMoss, Mabel Shepherd, Darlene Pal, and one brother, Walter McClain.

He was a self-employed mechanic in Bowen for many years prior to his retirement. He loved being outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. Both he and his wife took great pleasure in sharing the produce from their garden. He was a good neighbor and friend to all in the Bowen area and was a loyal Chicago Cub fan. Bud served in the Navy during World War II. He saw action in the south Pacific Theatre. He was of Methodist faith and a member of the Bowen American Legion for many years. He loved his family, especially his granddaughters and great-grandsons and looked forward to spending time with them.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at the Illinois Veterans Home All Faiths Chapel with Pastor Bruce Willard conducting. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at the Veterans Home Chapel.

Burial will be in Bowen Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home or the Alzheimer’s unit.

Printy Funeral Home, Carthage, is in charge of arrangements.

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