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Donald "Don" "Mac" McLain, of Gaylord, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017. He was 82.
Don was born on Sept. 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 was 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 Road, Gaylord, MI 49735.
Friends and family may leave condolences online at nelsonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.
Published on May 19, 2017
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