It is with great sadness that the family of Fred Henry McLard, 78, announce his passing after a valiant battle with cancer, on Wednesday, October 07, 2015 at the family homestead near Pocahontas, Missouri.
He was born December 17, 1936 in Neelys Landing, Missouri, son of William Henry and Nellie Mae Meyer McLard.
Fred took pride in his 35 years of service in the Government of the United States of America, US Army Corps of Engineers. He was a long-time member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Pocahontas, and in April 2014, he celebrated his 50 years as a Master Mason with the Masonic Lodge #441 in Jackson.
Fred’s favorite pastimes were spending time with his family sharing his joy for life, love of the land and loyalty to the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed spending his time outdoors raising cattle, tending his vegetable garden, hunting for ginseng and never missing a ballgame.
Loving survivors include two daughters, Stephanie McLard and Becky (John) Northern of Jackson; a son, Bill (Darlene) McLard of Overland, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Joshua McLard, Jason (Kris) McLard, Tevin Bell, Tyler McLard, Carrie (Josh) Snell, Caitlin Gohn, Nick Kluesner, and Aubrey Northern; three sisters, Lillie Bagley of San Dimas, California, Shirley (CJ) Holling-Johnson and Alma Smith of Monrovia, California; two brothers, Jack (Janet) McLard of Imperial, Missouri and Cecil (Betty) McLard of Barnhart, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Bill Craiglow of Jackson; many nieces, nephews, and good friends. Fred was anticipating the arrival of his first great-grandchild, great-grandbaby Snell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Velma Craiglow and Bertha McLard.
Friends may call from 4-8 pm Friday, October 9, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and from 10:00 a.m. until service time Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Pocahontas. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
A Celebration of Fred McLard’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, at the church with the Revs. Don Slatton and Ken Grant officiating. Interment will follow in New Bethel Cemetery.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to the New Bethel Cemetery Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.