Rick McClerren, 68, of Benton passed away Monday, July 6, 2015, at his home.
He was born in Herrin, IL on October 16, 1946, the son of William Silas & Mary Lou (Summers) McClerren.
Mr. McClerren was an Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He served in the Honor Guard at Camp Riley during President Eisenhower’s Funeral. He was a retired Coal Miner. He loved to work on cars. He loved his kids and his dog-Shaggy.
Mr. McClerren is survived by his mother, Mary McClerren, Benton, four children, Bridgett Thacker and Art Young of McLeansboro, Patrick McClerren of Benton, Kevin McClerren and wife Gayla of Benton and Mike McClerren and wife Tina of Logan, 13 grandchildren 1 great-grandson, two sisters, Candace Hall and husband Steve and Margaret Emerson; one brother, Sam McClerren and wife Karen.
Mr. McClerren was preceded in death by his father, by a daughter-Kelly J. Roberson, by a grandson and by a brother-in-law, Dale Emerson.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Thompsonville. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to any local veterans organization or to ASPCA.
For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com