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William R. McClain 1943-2021

NEWTON FALLS — William “Jack” R. McClain, 77, of Newton Falls, passed away unexpectedly at his home Saturday, May 8, 2021.

He was born on July 29, 1943, in Buckhannon, W.Va., the son of the late Acy Ray McClain and Kathryn C. Brown McClain.

Jack married the love of his life, Brenda S. Facemire, on Aug. 13, 1979, and they enjoyed 41 years of marriage together.

He worked as a supervisor of the waste water plant for the city of Newton Falls for 10 years. He previously worked for Caps Newton Lumber for four years as a truck driver and Van Huffel Tube for 18 years until it closed.

Jack served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964.

He enjoyed traveling to 48 states, hunting and fixing lawn mowers and small engines. Jack was a firefighter for the Newton Falls Fire Department for 18 years.

Jack was a member of the Lake Milton American Legion Post 737, the Western Reserve Fish & Game Club in Niles, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Ham Radio Operators Club (K8WRM).

He is survived by his wife, Brenda S. McClain of Newton Falls; one son, Acy McClain of Lake Milton; one sister, Martha Jean Kegley of Buckhannon, W.Va.; and one granddaughter, Rachael and Collin Printz of Rochester, Minn. Also, surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, and by two brothers, Gordon L. McClain and James R. McClain.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021, at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, with Pastor Joseph Griffis officiating. Calling hours will be at the funeral home three hours prior to service time, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Newton Falls Veterans Honor Guard will honor Jack for his service in the U.S. Army immediately following the funeral service. Cremation will follow the service. Jack will be laid to rest in Center Chapel Cemetery in Carter, W.Va. The family has requested that all donations be made to either the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or the American Heart Association, 300 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60606, in his memory.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, 330-872-5440. Family and friends may view Jack’s obituary online or to send condolences, visit www.james funeralhomeinc.com.

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