Robert McClure passed away Dec. 24, 2012, of a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease at Home Sweet Home. He was 83.
Bob was born Feb. 24, 1928, to John A. McClure and Myrtle Lovinia Frost in Eureka. He was the middle of three siblings, Frank John, Robert J. and William S.
He spent his childhood raised at the homestead “cabin” on Sinclair Creek and went to school in Eureka, where he graduated from high school in 1947.
After high school he worked for J. Neil Lumber Co. as a heavy tractor operator before enlisting in the Army in 1952. He served in Germany during the Korean War.
In 1956 he married Dona Rae Woodbury, who would be his love and “rock” until her death in 1984. With Dona Rae he inherited two stepsons, Marvin and Dudley, and in 1958 Robin Rae was born.
Bob worked many heavy equipment jobs in Washington state around areas like Moses Lake, Curlew and wherever jobs could be found, before moving back to Eureka and the Sinclair Creek homestead that he loved so much. He worked many jobs before finally hiring on with the Lincoln County Road Department, which he eventually retired from.
Bob was a man of many talents. If it could be welded and designed, he could do it; if it was woodwork, regardless of the difficulties, he could do it. He had a shop that would be the envy of most professionals and his retirement years were spent in there producing furniture of practical and functional design and various art work of your design.
He loved the great outdoors, the wildlife, the seasons, a good thunder-and-light show, the mountains. He loved fishing and camping and his favorite spot was the Ten Lakes area, especially “The Lakes,” and who around here doesn’t know where that’s at?
These expeditions generally turned into a contest as to who could catch the most fish – and most of the time it was Dona Rae. It wasn’t unusual to find Bob out there in the dark trying to catch one more fish just to beat her — never happened.
He liked doing things around the house: mowing the lawn, trimming trees, building picnic areas down by the creek, cutting firewood; he was always busy, always inventive, never stopping. This part of Montana was his playground; his life, family and friends were here and no other part of the world was sufficient for living in — his point was well made.
Bob was a very active member of VFW Post 6786 and a member of the Tobacco Valley Cemetery Board.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents John and Myrtle; his wife Dona Rae; brothers Frank and Bill; stepson Marvin and foster son Gary Jackman.
He is survived by stepson Dudley and daughter Robin Rae.
The family wishes to thank those wonderful girls at Home Sweet Home for their love and care in his final days, the VFW for its behind-the-scenes help in transportation and equipment and support, especially Tom Price, Sr., whose help and support were invaluable; and, of course, “That Gal,” Marilou Payton and Mountain View Manor.
Bob will be missed and the world a bit emptier — our loss, Heaven’s gain.