SHREVE, Ohio - James R. McClenahen, 72, of Shreve, Ohio, died peacefully at his home on Monday, March 10, 2014, at his home, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on July 20, 1941, in Lewistown, to the late Richard and Esther (Etzweiler) McClenahen. His wife, Linda (Smith) McClenahen, whom he married on June 15, 1963, survives.
He is also survived b: a daughter, Jill (Harry) Belcher, of Parma Heights, Ohio, and two grandchildren, Coleton Young of Wooster and Isabella Belcher, of Parma Heights, Ohio.
He was a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ in Apple Creek. Jim graduated from Chief Logan High School in 1959 and Penn State University in 1963 with a bachelor's of science in forestry. He then earned a Master's Degree in Silvaculture from Penn State in 1964.
Following his graduation, Jim and Linda moved to London, Ky., where Jim worked for the U.S. Forest service as a Ranger on the London District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. He remained there until he was called the serve in the U.S. Army in August 1966. Jim was attached to the 4th Administration Company, 4th Infantry Division, serving one year in Vietnam.
After his discharge in 1968, Jim returned to Penn State to continue graduate studies, earning a PhD in Forest Ecology in 1974. Jim and Linda moved to Shreve in 1972 when Jim began employment as a post doctoral research associate at Ohio State University. From 1974 until his retirement
in 1995, he served as assistant professor and, later, Associate Professor of Forestry in the Laboratory for Environmental Studies and Forestry Department.
His work involved research on forest ecosustems and effects of air pollution on tree growth as well as working with students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
After his retirement, Jim served as a dual partner with Dr. Daniel Houston in Sylvancare Forestry Consultants. He was also an active partner in Hutnik, Davis and McClenahen Consultants until his illness in late 2013.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing, biking and running. He loved backpacking and hiked in many areas in the United States and Canada. He was a member of the Kill-Um-Buck Longrifles and particularly enjoyed sharing his love of primitive camping and black powder with his grandson.
In keeping with his love of the outdoors, Jim was a member and supporter of many organizations including the Izaak Walton League of America, North Country Tail Ord, Green Mountain Club, National Wildlife Federation, League of Conservation Voters, and The Wilderness, where he spent memorable times with his granddaughter.
He was a member of the ACLU and a charter member of the National Museum of American Indians.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Schlabach Funeral Home, 221 Jones St., Shreve, Ohio.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts made to (www.wildernesscenter.org/tributes/memorials), Algonquin Park, P.O. Box 248, Whitney, Ontario, Canada KOJ2MO (www.algonquin park/inmemoriam), or the LifeCare Hospice, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, OH 44691.
Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather, a true friend and mentor to many and a man who lived each day to the fullest. He will be missed by all who knew him.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Hospice for the excellent care during this time. They also wish to thank the may wonderful friends, neighbors and members of St. Peters church for their prayers, cards, and support given during Jim's illness.
Online condolences may be shared at www.schlabachfh.com.