Fred McClanahan


 1949 - 1954



Frederick Raymond McClanahan, 78, Osawatomie, died Monday, Sept. 19, 1988, at the Olathe Medical Center.

Fred, as he was known, was born Dec. 21, 1909, on a ranch at Alladin, Wyo., to James Alexander and Laura Mae Case McClanahan. He grew up in Belle Courche, S.D. The family moved to LeCompton, Kan., where he attended the United Brethren Church.

Mr. McClanahan decided to be a minister and was granted a ministerial license by the LeCompton United Brethren Church. He was a pastor in United Brethren Churches in central and eastern Kansas until 1948.

In 1930 he met Bertha Mae Kellogg throught the Christian Endeavor Program. They were united in marriage Aug. 5, 1930, at her parents' home at Jamestown, Kan. They became the parents of two daughters.

In the fall of 1948 the family moved to Osawatomie, where he taught American history for six years. He then went to work for the New York Life Insurance Co. in 1954 and was an agent until retiring.

He received a bachelor of arts degree and master of science degree from Pittsburg State University.

Mr. McClanahan was a member of the Osage Valley Masonic Lodge AF&AM of Osawatomie.

He was instrumental in starting a non-denominational church at Linn Valley Lakes north of LaCygne.

His parents preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Mae McClanahan of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Lois Moon of Pipe City, Kan., and Mrs. Carol Knoche of Paola; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held Wednesday evening at the Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home in Osawatomie. The services were at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First United Presbyterian Church in Paola. Dr. Alan Smith and the Rev. Robert Ballantyne officiated. The music was provided by Hazel Wilhoite, accompanied on the organ by Ruth Smith.

The pallbearers were Stanton Adams, Merle Stone, Kenneth Weide, Robert Kitchen, Ted Jones, Frank Austin and Mark Manly. The burial was in the Osawatomie Cemetery.

Memorials have been established in his name to the Large Print Book Fund in care of the funeral home or Frist National Bank & Trust in Osawatomie.

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