Dr. James R. McClean
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Dr. James R. McClean age 92, of Ames died Wed Mar. 26, at Northcrest Community. A gathering of friends and family will be 2:00 - 4:00 pm Sunday March 29, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way in Ames, with a funeral service at 10:30 am Monday, Mar 31, at First Evangelical Free Church on 24th Street in Ames with burial at 2:00 pm at Union Cemetery in Newton, Iowa.
Jim was born July 31, 1921 in Des Moines, Iowa the son of Fred and Dorothy McClean. He married Nada Klopping on January 27, 1945 in Newton, Iowa. He graduated from Newton High School in 1940 and Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1947. He was a WW II Coast Guard Veteran. The couple moved to Ames in 1949 where he practiced and retired in 1987after 40 years as a Doctor of Optometry.
Jim was past President of The Ames, Jaycees in 1951, a life member of Iowa Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association; Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, past member of the Rotary Club of Ames where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, Ames Golf and Country Club, Bethesda Lutheran Church, and later at First Evangelical Free Church of Ames. Jim loved fishing, golfing, bridge, cribbage, Christian studies, and volunteering at Mary Greeley Medical Center. In his later years he played golf at Homewood Golf Course in Ames. He enjoyed staying active in several community events as long as he was able to enjoy them.
Jim is survived by his wife, Nada McClean of Ames, his children, Gale (Art) Ehlers of Bettendorf, Dan McClean of Dyersville, two grandsons, Matthew and Michael McClean a sister, Verna Lou (Jerry) Power of Missoula, MT nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Wormley, and Jean Hobin.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to Northcrest Community in Ames.
The family would like to thank Northcrest and Homeward Hospice for the care that was extended to Jim during his brief illness.
On line condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care
414 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 28, 2014