Nov 27, 1952 - Jan 30, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Joel Ray McClung was born November 27, 1952, in Temple, OK, the son of Joseph Lee and Wanda Faye (Cook) McClung. On January 30, 2014, at 61 years of age, he suffered a sudden and massive pulmonary event, and he joined his heavenly Father in Glory. On March 21, 1998, Joel married the love of his life, Jill Justice, and thus began a beautiful partnership in marriage. He is survived by his wife, Jill, of the home; sons: Joseph McClung and fiancee' Kristina, of Oklahoma City; and Thomas E. McClung, of Oklahoma City; daughter, Jessica Renee McClung, of Midwest City; parents, Joseph and Wanda McClung, of Hastings, OK; brother, Mark E. McClung and wife Mary, of Marlow, OK.; also, "adopted in heart" son, Mathew Raugust and wife Catherine. Joel was a man of God. He loved his Lord, who, by faith in Jesus Christ, saved him from his sin and gave him the promise of eternal life in heaven. He faithfully served God through his local church for many years and had many wonderful relationships, honoring God through them all. Joel loved music and spent his life using his musical talents to glorify God and bless others. Many of his relationships began in some type of musical setting and soon grew to a close bond. Joel was a man of his word, and his friends valued his advice and counsel. His relationship with his wife Jill was one "making beautiful music together," both literally and figuratively. They loved playing their instruments together, whether it was for a wedding, a concert or simply for their own enjoyment. Friends would agree that Joel was happiest when he and Jill were spending time together. Though well-known in the state for his bagpipe playing, he also especially loved playing the pedal steel guitar or fiddle, dobro, etc. in a bluegrass group. Among his other interests were working out with his friends at The Weight Room (and encouraging others to do the same); assisting people with his mechanical skills as a repairman; and most recently, a love for small aircraft, having fulfilled a lifelong dream a few years ago when he earned his pilot's license, and flew at every opportunity. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and even had a career in law enforcement as a police officer and Oklahoma Wildlife game warden. Viewing will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Mercer- Adams Funeral Service, with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2014, at the Kelham Baptist Church, 3400 N. Meridian, with interment to follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
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Mercer-Adams Funeral Service - Bethany
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Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 2, 2014