Mr. Donald K. McClure

Thursday, September 6, 2018

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Donald K. McClure

March 6, 1926 — Aug. 29, 2018

Mr. Donald K. McClure, 92, passed away Aug. 29, 2018, in Columbus, Mont.

He was born on March 6, 1926, the son of Ira and Maude McClure. He graduated Columbus High School in 1944. Don felt very fortunate to have been born and raised in Columbus. He lost his father when he was 12-years-old, but people like Bill and Amanda Boston and Herman and Dorothy Erie took an interest in him and helped steer him in the right direction. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force to serve in World War II and the Korean War.

In 1947, Don and his mother moved to Absarokee, Mont., where he worked for the U.S. Post Office and as a projectionist at the Cub Theater. He later worked for the American Chrome Co., in Nye, Mont.

On June 19, 1949, Don was married to Dolores M. Sikora in Absarokee, Mont. Of this marriage, two sons were born, Kieth and Paul.

In 1962, at the age of 36, Don moved his family to Billings, where he entered Rocky Mountain College and earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. He then received a fifth-year certificate of advanced studies with specialization in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Montana College in Billings. He retired from the Lockwood School System in 1986.

Don and Dolores moved to Joliet, Mont., in 1986. In his time off, Don enjoyed fishing, hunting, yard work and volunteering.

While in Joliet, Don joined the Lions Club and participated in visiting first, second and third graders in Roberts, Edger, Boyd and Joliet. He presented them with a small American flag, information about the flag and educated them about flag etiquette.

Don was very community-oriented, having served positions in the following organizations: Absarokee — Absarokee Rural Volunteer Fire District and Fire Department; Billings — American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jaycees, The Parent Teacher Association, Lockwood Education Association; Joliet — Joliet Lions Club, Joliet Town Council.

In 1988, he and his wife moved back to Billings where he volunteered at Rose Park School, helping students with reading. He also volunteered at the Deaconess Hospital as a wheelchair escort and served on the scholarship committee for the Deaconess Foundation.

Following his wife’s death, Don returned to his roots in Columbus and lived at Meadowlark Assisted Living. The staff helped him settle in and become comfortable in his new home. There he made new friends, as well as being reunited with some old acquaintances.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dolores (July 24, 2013), mother Maude, father Ira, brother Walker and sisters Grace, Mildred and Irene.

He is survived by sons Kieth of Springfield, Colo., Paul and wife Donna of Nye, Mont., four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

A private service with military honors was held on Sept. 1.

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