McLain, Donald

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Donald “Don” “Mac” McLain, of Gaylord, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017. He was 82.

Don was born on September 27, 1934 to Myron and Florence (Ketcham) McLain in Elk Rapids. He grew up on a cherry farm and attended Elk Rapids schools. Don worked as a truck driver for Oven Fresh and was a retired Teamster. In his retirement, Don enjoyed driving school bus, playing Santa Claus in the mall and delivering meals for the Meals on Wheels program in Traverse City. He loved sports, and enjoyed watching baseball, bowling and his favorite: football. His family and friends will always remember him as an incredibly generous man, who enjoyed sharing and gifting others.

Don is survived by his daughters, Brenda (Dan Peters) McCarry of Gaylord and Emily (Roger) Clement of Midland; grandchildren Monica McCarry, Matthew McCarry, Matthew Clement, Rachael Clement, Kathryn Fletcher, and Taylor Fletcher; great-granddaughter Evelynn Clement; siblings Phyllis Raffaele, Judy McLain, Lanny McLain, and Charles Denny; and longtime friend, Eileen Orth. He is preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Florence; a brother, Michael Denny; his son, Joseph McLain; and his former wife, Joan (Bradley) Schreur.

The family has chosen to remember Donald privately at this time. Memorial contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to the Otsego County Animal Shelter, 256 Fairview Rd, Gaylord, MI 49735. Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

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6 comments on “McLain, Donald”

  1. Louis & Patti Tebbe

    To the family of Mac, May you find comfort knowing that Mac is now with the Greatest (God) & all the loved ones who have gone before him. May his little reminders, when you least expect them, tell you he is ok with the Lord and with you always.

  2. Deepest sympathies Brenda and family, there are no words to express our sympathies. Just know thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  3. Sherri O'Neil (Quay)


    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Cherish your memories and keep your Dad in your heart.


  4. Julie & Jim Hilton

    Em, we’re so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Julie & Jim

  5. Don was such a kind and generous man. We spent a lot of time with him while he lived in Traverse City with our sister-in-law Eileen. We went boating, camping, picnicking. He was especially close to Eileen’s Grandson Austin Orth.
    He was such a wonderful guy! We missed him when he moved to Gaylord because we never saw him again.
    We are so sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace.
    Ron & Peggy Orth. ??

  6. Mark Robertson

    Emily, we will keep you and your family are in our prayers at this time of loss. I didn’t know your father, but enjoyed reading about his life in the obituary.

    Mark, Kathey, Jessie, Mickey, and Eryn Robertson

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