Robert McClelland

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Robert McClelland

Robert Shannon McClelland, Jr. died November 1, 2013 in Springfield, Mo. after a long illness. Bob was born March 16, 1925 in Columbia, MO. to Mildred and Robert S. McClelland, Sr. who both preceded him in death.

He was united in marriage to Bette Lee Black on October 17, 1947 at First Baptist Church, Gallatin, MO. To this union they had two sons, Michael Howard, who died April 20, 2000 at the age of 50, and Jeffrey Lee. He is survived by his wife Bette; son Jeff and wife, Liz, two grandchildren, John Robert and Shannon of Springfield; a sister, Margaret Bomgardner and husband, Chuck of Parker, CO. and several nieces and nephews.

He was in the telephone business from 1951 until retirement in 1987. In 1951 he organized the Green Hills Telephone Co. in Breckenridge, MO and in 1954 joined the Missouri Telephone Co. in Gallatin, MO, retiring as President and CEO.

Bob was President of Missouri Telephone Association, President of National Rural Telephone Association, an officer of OPASTCO, a national organization for small telephone companies and an officer in the United States Telephone Association for ten years. He was awarded the industry's Pacesetter award for achievement at the National Convention in 1984. He was inducted into the United States Telephone Hall of Fame at Chicago in 1997. He served as a trustee at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO, for six years.

Bob graduated from Gallatin High School in 1942. He attended Missouri University for a short time until he was old enough to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in early 1943. He served in the South Pacific and participated in five major campaigns for which he was awarded several medals.

Bob professed his faith in the Lord at an early age. He attended Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dunnegan, MO.

Visitation will held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home with a memorial service beginning at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Scott Garner officiating. Military honors will follow the service. Private family burial will be held at a later date in Winston, Missouri.

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Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole
Springfield, MO 65804
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Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 3, 2013
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