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Paul McClay

November 25, 1931 – March 17, 2022

Paul McClay, age 90, formerly of Sheridan, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at his daughter’s home.

He was born November 25, 1931, the son of the late Paul L. “Mouk” and Ona Jane (Barrickman) McClay.

Mr. McClay loved playing basketball during his years at Sheridan High School. After graduating with the Class of 1950 he hired on with Delco Remy in Anderson as a utility operator. He retired in 1987 after 37 years of service with the company. In addition to his responsibilities at Delco, he was a fixture at the Pickett’s Point Service Station in Sheridan. For 50 years Mr. McClay was a familiar face that you came to expect when you went to The Point. In those days it was a full service station, and part of the “full service” was talking to him while he gave your vehicle a little TLC. Mr. McClay enjoyed visiting with his customers; for some, he was the source for what was going on around town. Over the years Pickett’s Point saw many changes, but he was one of the constants that the residents of Sheridan came to rely on.

He was a proud member of UAW Local 662.

When Mr. McClay had the time, he loved traveling and camping with his family. He also enjoyed escaping the cold Indiana winters. He and Wilma quickly adopted the snowbird lifestyle and spent 13 years wintering in Florida. He loved spending as much time as he could with his family, especially when it came to his grand and great grandchildren. He was extremely proud of each and every one of them.

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Wilanna (Hoover) McClay; nine children Debra Haugen of Temple, Texas, Kathy (Jess) Eckard of Round Rock, Texas, Sherry (Lewis) Lares of Katy, Texas, Larry (Debbie) McClay of Westfield, Jeff (Mary) McClay of Macomb Twp., Michigan, David (Janice) Johnson of Westfield, Penny (Mike) Nicholson of Indianapolis, Lori Dame of Kokomo and Polly Johnson Waggoner of Ewing, Virginia ; 21 grandchildren ; 22 great grandchildren ; brother Bob McClay (Linda) of Sheridan ; and two nieces Pam Jones and Rhonda (Rick) Bohuk, both of Sheridan.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th Street, Sheridan, Indiana, with Visitation scheduled to be held from 2 p.m. until the time of Service.

Mr. McClay will be laid to rest at Spencer Cemetery in Sheridan, Indiana at a later date.