VICTOR "VIC" MCCLAIN, 66, of Sutherland, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, November 13, 2022.
Vic was born December 10, 1955, at Keith County, Nebraska, to Roy Dewayne and L. Nadean (Staples) McClain. He grew up on the ranch at Arthur and attended Ogallala High School.
Vic entered the US Air Force in May of 1977 and served for four years, one of which was in Korea. Following his honorable discharge in May of 1981, Vic attended Mid-Plains Community College and later became certified as a welder. He also attended the Oklahoma Horse Shoeing School in Purcell, OK. Vic completed his equine studies and subsequently worked in corrective shoeing for years, in addition to his primary work as a welder.
Vic loved horses and the outdoors. He loved participating in rodeos and even did some stunt riding in New Jersey as part of a film production that the Petersons were working on. His childhood on the ranch in the Nebraska sandhills with his siblings was an adventurous one with many laughs, and practical jokes played upon each other. The kids all worked hard and played, and life revolved around the family. Vic was always a character with a good sense of humor and a sharp wit. Vic always had a bit of an ornery streak from childhood. As a man, Vic was generous, a perfectionist, and unfailingly polite.
Vic was preceded in death by his father, Roy McClain; his mother, L. Nadean Staples McClain Chandler; grandparents, Elmer and Eva McClain and Albert J. and Rosella Staples;
Survivors include his daughter, Kala Eve (Sam) Gunn, and her children, Beckett & Everly Gunn of La Grange, TX; his siblings, Scott (Traci) McClain of Kiowa, CO, Melodi (Phil Simon) Bishop of Elizabeth, CO, Rick (Bonnie) Cleveland of North Platte, NE, Ramona (Dan) Vinton of Whitman, NE, Cheryl Lenox of Gillette, WY, Ty Cleveland of North Carolina.
A memorial has been established in Vic's memory for later designation. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com.
Services will be held on November 29, 2022, at 10:30 am at the Arthur Baptist Church. Graveside services will follow. A luncheon will be provided after the services at the Community Hall at the Arthur Fairgrounds.
Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.