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David Ernest McClure, a resident of Okmulgee, Okla., died Friday morning, March 28, 2014 at 76 years of age.
David was born Dec. 20, 1937 in Bristol, Colo. to the late Harold and Ethel Faye (Palmer) McClure. He graduated from high school in Moline, Kan. and attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
David married Claire Campbell in December of 1958. He retired from the United States Navy in 1975 as a Master Chief Boilerman. He was part of the Cuba Expeditionary and served on the USS Enterprise for 13 years. He worked with nuclear energy while in the Navy and received the Good Conduct Award. David later worked for and retired from Ingersoll Rand and Liberty Glass Company.
While living in Pennsylvania, David was a volunteer firefighter for many years. He loved woodworking, especially making furniture and toys. He also enjoyed leather working. David was a member of Camperâ€™s on a Mission and Disaster Relief Missionary Groups and the First Baptist Church of Okmulgee.
David is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Claire McClure; a son, Tim McClure and wife Beth of Huntingdon, Pa.; a daughter, Gail Merriken and husband Randy of Charleston, W. Va.; and grandchildren Tiffany Schirtzinger and husband Chris, Jeremy Merriken and wife Ana, and A.J. McClure and Niki McClure.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
A funeral service for David Ernest McClure will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Dennis Taylor officiating. A Committal Service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Military Funeral Honors provided by the U.S. Navy. The family received friends on Monday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee, Okla. The Family requests memorial contributions be made in Davidâ€™s name to the First Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee, Okla.