Paul B. McClain

June 02, 1930 ‒ October 22, 2020

Chesterville, Ohio

Paul B. McClain, age 90, of Chesterville, passed away at his home, early Thursday morning, October 22, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

On June 2, 1930, Paul was born in Mansfield, Ohio, a son of the late Floyd B. and Helen M. (Bird) McClain.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Paul married the love of his life, Marilyn J. Wheaton, on February 18, 1951.  They shared over 69 wonderful years together as husband and wife, raising five children along the way.  Together they enjoyed square dancing, shopping at garage sales and spending winters in Arizona following retirement.  She preceded him in death on September 21, 2020.

As a young man, Paul worked on different farms including Bent Ray in Little Washington.  He then worked for Tappan and Tool Crib in Mansfield.  Next, he took a job with Suburban RV in Mansfield when it was owned by the Estep family.  He spent a majority of his working career as a bus mechanic for Madison Local Schools, from where he retired after 30 years.  Following retirement, he mowed grass for Highland Local Schools.

Paul was very skilled with his hands and could build or fix anything.  At the age of 73, he built his home in Chesterville with the help of his family.  He bought a 1963 delivery truck from the Red Cross and turned it into a camper.  He and his family took many trips across the United States and Canada in that vehicle.  He seemed to always have an engine or some other machine torn apart and enjoyed working on his tractor.  He also enjoyed making macramé chairs, stocking hats and doing different crafts.

Paul loved being outdoors fishing, boating or camping.  If he was indoors, he was usually watching an old Western.

Paul will be dearly missed by his five children: Susan McClain Buckmaster of Mansfield, David P. (Cris) McClain of Chesterville, Richard M. (Robin) McClain of Jennings, FL, William P. (Melissa) McClain of Ashland, Thomas J. (Ellen) McClain of Ashland; nine grandchildren: Melanie Larck, Kristina (Craig) Hoyng, Garry (Diane) McClain, Tara (Matthew) Burkey, Katie (Matthew) Wade, Matthew (Kaitlin) McClain, Miranda (Marco) McClain, Stephanie (Hanif) Popatia, Lisa (Austin) Ferguson; 12 great grandchildren: Bryson Earhart, Marley Earhart, Brooklyn Hoyng, Maelyn Hoyng, Braxton Hoyng, Audrey Wade, Deanna McClain, Dakotah McClain, Hunter Burkey, Bryce Burkey, Marco McClain, Alexia McClain; a brother, Robert (Shirley) McClain of Mansfield; a sister-in-law, Joyce Wheaton of Liberty Nursing Home in Mansfield; a brother-in-law, Alan Wheaton of Strongsville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Floyd Myron McClain; brothers-in-law: Howard (Evelyn) Wheaton, James Wheaton; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Wheaton, infant, Shirley Wheaton; and parents-in-law, Oliver B. and Hazel Mae (Morford) Wheaton.

Paul’s family will hold memorial services at a later date.

A special thank you to Paul’s son, David, for the many years of caregiving to his father.  Also, a special thanks to his granddaughter, Tara, who provided wonderful nursing care to him during his illness.  And, thanks to Capital City Hospice of Columbus for the great service and care they provided while he was ill.

Memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be made to the Capital City Hospice, Foundation for End of Life Care, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr #170, Columbus, OH 43231, or at

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Paul’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Our sincerest sympathies in the loss of your father. What fun we had camping in that revamped Red Cross truck, and boating and skiing . I remember he asked me once if I wanted jelly bread. I said I’d never had jelly bread, thinking it was some special kind of bread. He looked at me incredulously and said “you’ve never had jelly on bread?” I still laugh when I think of it. The McClain family holds a dear place in my heart. Love to you all.
    Karen Enck Keck