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Victor Leonard McClean passed away at the age of 90 on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 while in the excellent care of Portland Assisted Living and Hospice of Michigan. Victor was born in Detroit to Patrick and Dorothy McClean, originally from Belfast, Ireland.
He graduated from Walter French High School in Lansing. In 1946 Victor was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving overseas in Germany.
He returned to Lansing, where he was a family man and a successful carpet salesman, employed by Maloney Carpet Co., and later by J.W. Knapp Co.
Victor retired to the Traverse City area in northern Michigan, where he created an enviable simple life for himself, making many friends. He continued to enjoy his life-long love for fishing and hunting in the public land near his home in Cedar. Victor also spent much time at his favorite hobbies, which were making wine and crafting tables and wall shelves from reclaimed lumber milled around 1900 at local saw mills. He was accomplished at both. He successfully sold his tables and shelves at a shop in Suttons Bay and also gave them as gifts. He also enjoyed gifting his wine to family and friends.
Victor is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Wells; son, Dana McClean; and stepson, John True. His grandchildren include one great-grandchild, Wade Yelinek, born to granddaughter, Rachel Wells, Clayton Wells and Grace Wells, Kayla McClean, Emmet McClean, Karris Hutchison and Andrew True. Victor will be missed.
A memorial will be held near his home in Cedar in the coming warmer months.
Published on February 3, 2018
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