James Samuel "Jim" McCleery, two days short of his 90th birthday, died peacefully at home on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Born May 24, 1924 in Wheeling, WV, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Antoinette Appenzeller McCleery.
As one of the "Great Generation" he faithfully served his country as a Seabee in the United States Navy during WW II in the Pacific arena. Jim was a former member of Richmond UP Church, where he served as an elder on session. He then joined the Bloomingdale UP Church. Jim was one of the founding owners of International Mill Service and a member of Unionport Masonic Lodge 333, Farm Bureau, and The Ohio Cattleman's Association. He was a lifetime avid farmer, a passionate investor in the stock market, and a self-made entrepreneur.
Jim was preceded in death by Veronica Yashko McCleery, his wife of 43 years and an infant daughter, Mary Ann McCleery.
He is survived by his only sister, Nancy (George) Mullen; his children Susan (Mark) Viola, James Thomas (Valerie Shrieve), and Charles N.; grandchildren Nina (Sean) Davitt, Nicholas (Paige), Samuel, and Alexandra Viola and Dakota McCleery; and one great-grandchild Fiona Davitt.
Friends may call at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, Wintersville on Tuesday 6-8 p.m. with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. with Ted Boggs Amedisys Hospice Chaplain officiating.
Memorial donations may be directed to Amedisys Hospice, 52171 National Road East, Suite 1, St. Clairsville, OH 43950 or The American Cancer Society.
The family extends a very special thank you to Jim's caregivers, Debby Cornish and Midge Kaufmann, whose capable hands, compassionate care and loving gestures made Jim's twilight months the best he could ever hope for.
Offer condolences at www.shorac.com.