Albert "Al" Curtis McClainBella Vista, AR, 1923 - 2018 0comment
Albert "Al" Curtis McClain, 95, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed away peacefully on May 26th, 2018, surrounded by family.
Al was born on February 21st, 1923, to Abby and Audie McClain. He was raised in Fort Scott, Kansas, and later in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He served honorably with the US Army in Europe during World War II, receiving the Bronze Star. After the war he met and fell in love with a nurse, Maxine Evelyn Milroy and they married on December 21st, 1947. Albert attended the University of Iowa, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He then received a Juris Doctor degree from Iowa Law School, earning membership into The Order of the Coif Honor Society.
The majority of Al's career was spent with what is now ExxonMobil. He traveled the world for business and with family and rose to become Vice President and General Counsel of Esso Exploration. He lived with Maxine in Houston, Texas for many years, and they retired in Bella Vista, Ark. He enjoyed friends, golf, bridge, boating, church, singing, gardening, and philanthropic activities. Al and Maxine started a scholarship program providing one deserving Iowa Law School student each year with a scholarship, via the Iowa Law Foundation, which will continue.
Albert is survived by his beloved wife of 70+ years, Maxine. He is also survived by a son, Alan (Al) and his wife Anne; and a daughter, Mary (Beth). Al is also survived by his brother William (Bill). He is additionally survived by numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and nephews; and great grand-nieces and nephews. And, he is survived by "granddogs" Bella, Parker, and Jordy. He is predeceased by his parents, Abby and Audie; daughter, Kathryn Ann; sisters, Laura (Hy) and Lucille; and brothers, James (Jim) and Charles (Wes).
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 2nd, at United Lutheran Church - 100 Cooper Rd., Bella Vista, Ark. 72715. Military honors will take place at the church entrance, just after the 10:30 service, and will be provided by the the US Army and the Rogers VFW Post 3031. Brunch will be served after the honors. Memorials may be made to United Lutheran Church, Bella Vista, Ark. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.
Published May 31, 2018
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Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory
2258 Forest Hills Blvd, Bella Vista, AR