John Reid McClester

McClester John 11.13.2020

Full Name
John Reid McClester

Date of Birth
Wednesday, July 19th, 1944

Date of Death
Thursday, November 12th, 2020


On Thursday, November 12th, 2020, John Reid McClester, Loving Husband and Father of Four

Children, passed away at the age of 76 after a courageous two year battle with Cancer. He was

born on the family farm in Carroll County Ohio on July 19, 1944, the eldest son of Bernice Reid

and Robert Samuel McClester. John graduated from Carrollton High School in 1962, then

attended Muskingum College and graduated from Kent State University in 1966 with a Degree

in Accounting. John passed his CPA Board Exam on his first attempt and began with his work

career in Cleveland at the prestigious Price Waterhouse Accounting Firm. He spent much of his

career employed as a Comptroller for multiple companies, retiring from the Dallas office of

Dairy Farmers of America in 2009.

On December 8, 1978, John married his soulmate Betty Lou Crum and together they raised their blended

family of four children, Robert (Misty) McClester, Lisa (Len) Kruszewicz, Robert (Kirsten) Bogniard,

and Matthew Reid McClester.


John, first and foremost Loved his Family. He had a unique sense of humor and was never

afraid to tell you how he felt, whether you liked it or not. John loved his Black Labs and other

Dogs over the years. He was a competitive person and an avid Sports fan, including Golf,

Nascar, Cleveland Sports Teams and The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a generous person

with his time, enjoying his volunteer time at the Presque Isle State Park Ranger Station. John

and his wife’s family gatherings often included stragglers who became family over years and

were loved like their own children. John loved being by the Water, the Family took a yearly

Vacation to Emerald Isle North Carolina and much of his time in retirement was spent with

Family and Friends on his Boat at Perry’s Landing Marina. He especially loved the peaceful

mornings reading the Daily newspapers sitting on his boat “Happy Ours”. John will always be

the Captain of our Family.


John was preceded in death by his parents and his loving Aunts and Uncles. He is survived by

his wife Betty, four children and their spouses, grandchildren Timothy (Alicia) Clouser, Megan

(Chad) Pry, Alyssa Bogniard, Rachel Huntley, (fiancé James Goodwin) Michael Huntley,

Josh Bogniard, and Samuel McClester. He is also survived by his sister Jean Swartz-McClester,

brothers Robert Scott (Linda) McClester and James Neil (Laurie) McClester and Nieces Mallory

and Jacqueline and Nephews Michael and Timothy.


Friends may call at the Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services, West Ridge,

3801 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506 on Sunday, from 2pm to 4pm and are invited to attend a

funeral service there on Monday at 2p.m.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tom Ridge Environmental Center,

301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505.

Calling Hours

Sunday, November 15th, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Burton Quinn Scott Cremation & Funeral Services West Ridge - 3801 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

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Service Information

Monday, November 16th, 2020, 2:00 PM

Burton Quinn Scott Cremation & Funeral Services West Ridge - 3801 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

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On-Call 24 hours Business Office: 602 W 10th Street, Erie, PA 16502