Charles Sutherland “Mac” McLean, 95, of Sarasota, Fla. died July 13, 2013.
He was born May 10, 1918 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland and came to the States by way of Canada at age 11. Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arkansas were all considered home at one point. He retired in 1985 after 27 years as quality control/personnel manager of Doughboy Plastics/ Hoffinger Industries in Helena and became a Floridian.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Helena and Sarasota.
He served as 1st lieutenant in the 137th Regiment 35th Infantry Division of the US Army, fighting in central Europe, Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Service medals awarded include the Bronze Star/Oak Leaf and Purple Heart. As a Mason he was a member of the Somerset Lodge No. 34 AF & AM, Norwich, Conn., Royal Arch Chapter No. 277, and the Mount Vernon Commandery No. 73 Knights Templar in Hazelton, Pa.
He is predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Clara.
He leaves two daughters, Betty Henderson (Jim Frank) of Sunset Beach, N.C. and Maureen Stoetzel (Fritz) of Sarasota; grandsons, Jim Wortham (Samantha) of Maryland, Kyle Wortham of Chicago and Jack Stoetzel of Virginia; and a great-granddaughter, Taylre of Missouri.
A memorial service was held at The Palms Funeral Home in Sarasota July 17.
He will be missed.