VeteranWillis "Bill" McLaren

Willis "Bill" McLaren, 76, of Astoria died at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

He was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Browning Township, a son of Merle B. and Isla May Hoke McLaren. He married Frances "Frankie" Harman on July 12, 1951, in Pocahontas, Ark. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Jennifer (and Marlin) White of Astoria; four grandchildren; and one sister, Rosalie Fierce of Sister Bay, Wis.

A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of Astoria American Legion Post 25 and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also was a World War II Memorial member.

He worked for Patton Industries in Elmhurst and had worked at Illinois Power in Havana, retiring in 1991.

He was a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 51 in Havana and Automobile Mechanics Local 701 of Chicago.

He was a member of Bader Christian Church.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at Bader Cemetery in Browning with full military rites accorded. James Shirley and Scott Neal officiated. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Astoria Rescue Squad or his American Legion post.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/13/2002

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