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1935 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
GEORGE ARTHUR MCLEAN George Arthur McLean went to eternal rest on May 9, 2014 at 1:15 p.m. surrounded by his wife and children after a year long battle with cancer. He was born on March 8, 1935 in Bigfork, Minnesota to Basil and Lillian Allen McLean. The McLean family were pioneer settlers in northern Minnesota in 1900. George graduated from the Bigfork High School. He served in the U.S Army 3rd Armored Division from 1958 to 1960 and served in Germany (with Elvis Presley). He married Martha Olson in 1960 and became a father to her daughter Kathy. The family quickly grew to include two sons, Dale and David. He attended St. Cloud, Minnesota Vocational School for Carpentry. George became a master carpenter and loved working with wood. After completing his apprenticeship, he moved the family from Minnesota to Libby, Montana and worked for Kutz Construction for over twenty years. George worked on many homes and businesses built between 1967 and 1988 in the Libby area. He was a 51 year member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenter's Union and a Life Member of VFW Post #1548 Libby, MT. He and Martha traveled for work for many years before retiring to Port Angeles, Washington. In 2012 they moved to Mission, Texas to be nearer to their daughter, Kathy. George loved to fish, hunt, camp, hike and just spend time with family and friends. George had a strong faith in God and volunteered at the First Presbyterian Churches of Port Angeles and Mission. He volunteered following the Dec 2007 floods in Chehalis, Washington and made many friends while restoring their homes in the Boistfort, Curtis area. George was a member of the Sequim Prairie Grange #1108 Sequim, WA and was the juicer for the pancake breakfast crew, and participated in the remodel of the Grange kitchen. He enjoyed helping families in need by doing home repairs. George was preceded in death by his father, Basil K. McLean, step mother, Irene Hamilton McLean, mother, Lillian Allen Kell, step father Theodore J. Kell, special uncle, Fred McLean, brother, Robert M. McLean, and step granddaughter, Lisa Vanderkolk. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Martha, Mission, Texas, daughter, Kathy (Bill) Dickey, Mission, Texas, sons Dale (Grace Pleasants) McLean (Tacoma, Washington), David (Karen) McLean (Seattle, Washington), special nephew, Ken (Andi) McLean, great nephew Blake, granddaughters Michelle Turner, Kennewick, Washington, and Victoria (Brian) Frost, Florence, Alabama and great-granddaughters Sophie Turner and Hermione Frost as well as his brother's widow and his other five children and their families, and many more family members. George was liked by all who met him and will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank all the health care personnel who cared for George during his illness. A service to celebrate George's life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Mission, 1102 Ash Dr., on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 2 p.m., with a Memorial Service and Interment of his ashes in Port Angeles, WA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Port Angeles, Washington, Building Fund, 139 West 8th Street, Port Angeles, Washington 98362-6031, or First Presbyterian Church of Mission, Outreach Program, 1102 Ash Dr., Mission, Texas, 78572 in memory of George McLean. Funeral services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on May 11, 2014
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