James McLain

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Soldotna resident James Warren Gilbert McLain, 78, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at Stone Brook Assisted Living in Soldotna.

Mr. McLain was born Aug. 13, 1932, to Warren Emery and Nettie Christine McLain in Roosevelt, Minn. He attended and graduated from high school in Grants Pass, Ore. He served in the U.S. Army for four years and was honorably discharged at Ft. Richardson in Anchorage. Mr. McLain worked for the city of Anchorage and was an Anchorage resident for the majority of his life in Alaska until he became too ill to live by himself.

He loved hunting, fishing, camping, and was an avid wood worker.

The family wrote, "Jim loved Alaska and had many tales to tell. He called the Kenai Peninsula his playground. He made beautiful wood lamps, stools and other projects. He liked to invent things to make his life easier. He will be missed by his family and many friends."

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sister, Jane Max of Mitchell, Oregon; niece, Mallory Hughes of Soldotna; nephews, Kenneth (Bud) Baker of Port Protection, Alaska, and James Baker Harper, of Oregon; great nephew, Hollis Hayes of Ketchikan; great nieces, Janese (Neicy) Hayes of Juneau, Hazel (Zell) Gadd of Soldotna, and Shennandoah (Shennan) Baker of Graham, Wash.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. He will be interred at the Kenai City Cemetery in Kenai. Pallbearers will include Jim Hughes, Travis Hughes, Warren Suddock and Doug Wooliver. Honorary pallbearers will include George Wooliver, Larry Pennington, Mike Nauman and Steve Wooliver.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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