Lestal (Les) Earl McClure
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December 7, 1928
June 29, 2014
Lestal (Les) Earl McClure passed away at his home on June 29, 2014. Born on December 7, 1928, Les brought laughter, joy and memorable moments with him wherever he went. Les could turn any ordinary task into something extraordinary. His family affectionately referred to his ability to make any situation fascinating as, "Just another day with Les."
The days Les experienced added up to nearly 86 years of journey through a changing Nevada, which he loved. He was born in Burns, Oregon to parents who served on a ranch, but grew up in Winnemucca. His mother, Trulah, worked hard feeding cowboys and buckaroos from well before dawn until well past sundown. Les' father Walter started working as a cowboy when he was 10 years old and was inducted into Winnemucca's Buckaroo Hall of Fame posthumously in 2008.
Les graduated from Humboldt County High School in 1946. The class continued to have raucous high school reunions regularly, and recently celebrated its 68th class reunion.
After graduating high school, Les served in the Army during the Korean War doing field radio repair.
Les married his wife Shirley on September 5, 1954, after meeting her in the Quincy, CA, donut shop her mother owned. He celebrated their nuptials by pushing her down the main street in Quincy in a wheelbarrow. Unbeknownst to him, in his joy, he started a family tradition and now every bride in the family is pushed in a wheelbarrow at some point during the wedding reception.
Les and Shirley were married for nearly 60 years and had five children. Les worked for Nevada Bell Phone Company before opening Les' TV Repair shop on Prater Way in Sparks in 1974.
However, Les did not limit himself to focusing on repairing television. During his life, Les built many zip lines and playgrounds for his children and grandchildren, represented himself in court and won the case to keep his pet peacock, played in a horseshoe league and won championships, played volleyball at the YMCA, camped, fished and spent much time with his family.
Les loved and cared for his family more than anything. He had nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He taught his family how to laugh at oneself, how to fix anything with duct tape or glue, how to play a mean game of horseshoes, how to enjoy nature, and how to love unconditionally.
Although it was his time, Les' laugh and inventiveness will be missed. He leaves behind his wife Shirley, his children Shaun Hasty (Carl), Sheri Petersen (Bill), Sonya Campbell (Ryan) and Ken McClure (Ramona); his grandchildren John Elder (Breianna), Brian Elder (Amanda Berry), Erin Hasty, Eric Hasty (Katelyn), Caitlin Hasty, Cody Petersen (Angela), Tawnya Toft (Steven), Quinn Campbell, Shannon Campbell; great-grandchildren Braxton Toft and Livienne Elder; and his beloved cocker spaniel Earl, who was by his side when he passed.
Les has gone home to meet his parents Walter and Trulah McClure, his sister Shirley Dodds and his daughter, Debra (Debbie) Elder along with countless friends who predeceased him.
His spirit of, "Just another day with Les," will live on in cherished memories, and in projects he left around his houses.
The McClure family invites you to a service of celebration in Les' honor, and to live in a perfect day for Les. The gathering will be July 26, 2014, from 3- 6 p.m. at Galena Creek Park, Manzanita Gazebo. We will celebrate some of Les' favorite things: nature, horseshoes, hamburgers, and laughter. Please join us.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Debbie Elder Memorial Scholarship, which can be made at any Wells Fargo branch.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from July 19 to July 20, 2014