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Craig E. McLean

Died: Friday, September 20, 2013
Age: 62
Craig E. McLean, 62, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 at his home in Mayetta.

McLean was born Dec. 12, 1950 in Muskegon, Mich., the son of Elliott G. and Margaret I. (Carlson) McLean.

As a youth, McLean was an Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army from 1971-1992, primarily in infantry, retiring as a Sergeant First Class.

Active duty tours included assignments in CONUS (Continental U.S.) the Federal Republic of Germany and Cold War West Berlin. Among his awards are two National Defense Service Medals, for service during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Following the Army, McLean worked in Junction City, for several years and graduated from Kansas State University with a B.A. degree in 2007, majoring in English and Creative Writing. Several of his written works have been published around the country.

McLean was a Life Member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans, serving as an officer in DAV Manhattan Chapter 28, Manhattan, on occasion and also operated the chapterís website for several years. More recently McLean has enjoyed fishing local lakes and ponds.

He attended Mayetta Christian Church, was a regular volunteer at the Heart of Jackson Humane Society in Holton, and also worked as part of the Mayetta Pioneer Day Association with the planning and running of their annual event.

Survivors include his wife, Pok Sun of Wetmore; his two step-sons, Hershel and wife Jordin Roaden of Gardner, and Jason Roaden of Missouri; his brother Cabot and wife Louise McLean of Merritt Island, Fla.; his two sisters, Carol Fields of Hampton, N.H. and Chris and husband Terry Huggins of Merritt Island, Fla.; as well as three nephews, one niece and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. The family will greet friends beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning prior to the funeral. Burial with full military honors will be in Mayetta Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to Manhattan DAV Chapter 28, Topeka VFW Post 1650, or Heart of Jackson Humane Society and may be left in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270 Holton, 66436. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

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