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Nov 19, 2013 - Staff
Bradford McClellan, formerly of Shoshoni, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at West Park Long Term Care Facility in Cody. He was 77 years old.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Living Fortress Church in Cody with burial at Riverside Cemetery in Cody.
Bradford McClellan was born Jan. 20, 1936, in Hollywood, Calif., the first of three sons born to Frank and Catherine (Bradford) McClellan. In 1945, the family moved to a dude ranch near North Fork where they raised registered Herefords.
Mr. McClellan attended the one-room school at Wapiti until going to Cody for the seventh and eighth grades; he boarded with the Rickell family. He went to high school at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Mo., and later graduated from Northwest Community College in Powell.
In 1956, he married Elizabeth Cloud. They had a daughter, Susan, and they later divorced.
For several years, Mr. McClellan worked as a film projectionist in Cody and Powell. Then in 1958 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. He worked as a radar repairman, working on the first artificial satellite put into outer space.
After leaving the Army, he worked for the Department of Revenue, Sweetheart Bread, IGA grocery and Thermopolis High School.
In 1973, he married Leona Harvey, and the couple had a daughter, Michelle. The family moved to Shoshoni in 1978.
Mr. McClellan worked for the TV cable company and as a janitor in the Shoshoni school district. While working in Shoshoni, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
After retiring, he and his wife moved to Cody in December 2000.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Leona; daughters Susan McClellan of California and Michelle (McClellan) Smith; son-in-law Dave Smith; grandchildren Chloe and Hamish; father-in-law Clyde Harvey; sister-in-law Marion McClellan Conrad; nieces and nephews Claire Bradford, William and Cheetah McClellan, Billy and Brenda Flinn, Todd Harvey and Paul and Nicki Harvey; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Michael and Stewart McClellan.