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Gordon Neal McClenning(1935 - 2014)

Gordon Neal McClenning, 78, of Roodhouse passed away at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield. He was born April 26, 1935, in Hillview, the son of Guy and Eileen "Peg" Frazier McClenning. He married Margaret E. Simmons, his high school sweetheart, on Aug. 29, 1956, in Roodhouse.

Surviving is his wife, Margaret, of Roodhouse; children, Darla (Jeff) Clanton of Hillview, Brad McClenning (companion, Megan Roberts) and Eric McClenning (companion, Suzanne Hutton), both of Roodhouse; grandchildren, McKenzie and Kelsey Clanton of Springfield and Sydney, Madison, Payton and Leighton McClenning, all of Roodhouse; and sisters-in-law, Jean Coufal of Beardstown and Patsy McClenning of Kingdom City, Calif. He was proceeded in death by brothers, Oren Guy and Myron McClenning; and nephews, Mark and Brian McClenning.

Gordon graduated from Roodhouse High School in 1953. He enlisted in the Army following high school. Upon returning home from the Army, Gordon worked for CIPS in Quincy. In 1960, he returned to Greene County, where he began farming east of Roodhouse. He enjoyed farming and farmed until his retirement.

He was a member of the Christian Church of Roodhouse, VFW, the Farm Bureau and the Springfield Consistory and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was an avid North Greene Spartans fan and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports. Gordon also was a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He was fun-loving and lit up a room whenever he walked in. He never met a stranger and was quick with a story to tell. He was always willing to help people, giving them the shirt off his back or his last dime. His family will miss him greatly.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Daws Family Funeral Home in Roodhouse with interment at Fernwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the North Greene Middle School and High School Athletic program or the . Condolences may be left online at www.dawsfuneralhome.com.

Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Jan. 27, 2014
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