HERMISTON Virgil Arnold McClain died Saturday, Nov. 18, at his home in Hermiston at the age 80.
He was born Aug. 15, 1926 at Hereford, Texas to Ernest Lee and Buelah Victoria (Gregg) McClain.
Virgil was raised in Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942-1945. He was a welder by trade and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for 27 years before retiring in 1992. He was a resident of the Hermiston area since the early 1970s. He was married to Elna Weems who died in 1991. Virgil then married Dorothy (Perkins) Berry on June 20, 1992 in Hermiston. He was a member of Gospel Home Church, and Past President of N.A.R.F.E.(National Association of Retired Federal Employees) #0987 in Hermiston. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and loved his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Hermiston; son, Glenn McClain of La Pine; daughter, Becky Robinson of Newport; brother, Curtis McClain of Midland, Texas; three sisters, Mildred Winters of Russellville, Ark., Vallie Foose of Cape Fair, Mo., and Lois Petigo of Essex, Mo.; stepdaughters, Violet Rachor of Athena, and Doris McGinness of Hermiston; five grandchildren; and 13 stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elna McClain in 1991; brothers, Henry, Jay, and Floyd McClain; and sister, Tura Arnold.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Burial followed at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Umatilla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Agape House, P.O. Box 1723, Hermiston, 97838.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.