Lee McClure Passed Away March 24, father to Leslie, Class of 74.
Lee R. McClure passed away at his home in Kansas City, MO, surrounded by his family on March 24, 2011. Lee was born September 15, 1921, in Sedalia, to Lester "Hut" McClure and Elsie Perdue McClure. Lee was a 1939 graduate of Boonville High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, served in the North Atlantic and the South Pacific as a radioman and was honorably discharged in 1945. He married Lucille Corbin of Blackwater on October 6, 1946. As a member of the Naval Reserve, Lee was recalled to serve in the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1952, and returned to resume civilian life with Lucille and their infant daughter Lucinda. Two more daughters were born while he lived in Boonville, Linnette and Leslie. The family moved to Windsor, MO, in 1959 where Lee owned and operated McClure's Market until 1965. Lee and Lucille then worked in the commissary at Whiteman Air Force Base, and retired in 1986, and later moved to Waynesboro, VA to be near their daughters. In 2001, Lee and Lucille moved back to Kansas City, MO. Lee was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Eunice Seek. He is survived by his wife, Lucille, of the home; brother, Jerry McClure, and sister-in-law, Marie McClure, of Boonville; three daughters, Cindy Francis, and her husband, Bob, of Gladstone, Linnette Garber, and husband, Randy, of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Leslie Krasner, and husband, Robert, of New York City, NY; five grandchildren, Rachel Case, and husband, Lance, of Hampden, ME, Shana Francis, and husband, Drew Carson, of Boulder Creek, CA, Cecily Garber of Urbana, IL, Jessica Krasner of London, UK, and Justin Krasner of New York City, NY. Lee also is survived by two great-granddaughters, Lily and Isabel Case of Hampden, ME and several nieces and nephews. Lee had a motto, "The sun always shines on Lee McClure" and it surely did. Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011, at High Point Cemetery near Hughesville with the Rev. Kyle Sessions officiating. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 2591. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church in Sedalia from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to First United Methodist Church of Sedalia in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Our condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Lee from the Classes of 73 of Warrensburg, Missouri.