Lester C. McClelland – Colonel, United States Air Force

16 February 2007:

Colonel Lester C. McClelland, 74, of Espyville, Pennsylvania, died Monday, February 12, 2007, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

Born September 5, 1932, in Masontown, he was the son of Ewing Clyde and Carrie Caroline Frost McClelland. He married Marlene (Miki) Sauer August 22, 1980, in Suffield, Connecticut; she survives.

He was of the Protestant faith.

Colonel McClelland retired in 1980 as aircraft commander of Air Force One, after 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. During President Gerald Ford’s administration from 1974 until 1976, he was aircraft commander of Air Force One, and also during President Jimmy Carter’s administration from 1976 until 1980. He later retired from Canadair in 1995, after 15 years as a director of flight operations. He then worked until 2003 as the chief pilot for Cape Clear, LLC.

In 1950, he graduated from Masontown High School. He then graduated from Syracuse University in 1954, where he played football. He had played one season of professional football for the Hamilton, Ontario, Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League.

Lester loved flying, farming, and restoring old cars, trucks and tractors.

In addition to his wife of 26 years, Marlene McClelland, he is survived by his former wife, Nancy Hoehle; three daughters, Lucinda (Cindy) Michael and her husband, Dennis, Karen McClelland and Lisa McClelland; two grandchildren, Jason Michael and his wife, Trina, and Shannon Popolis and her husband, Justin; three great-grandchildren, Kirstin and Christopher Michael, and Hannah Popolis; a stepdaughter, Julie Nigro and Victor Nigro Jr. and their children, Alyssa and David Nigro; two stepsons, Mark Sauer and his daughter, Kayla Sauer, and Paul Sauer and his wife, Dena, and their children, Tyler, Madeline and Makenzie Sauer; a brother, James William McClelland of Lake Worth, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Anna Marie Daily; a brother, Ewing Ray McClelland; and two nephews, Jack Daily and Mark McClelland.

Burial with full Air Force military honors will be February 22, 2007, at 9 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Shenango Volunteer Fire Department, 11658 Linn Road, Espyville, Pennsylvania 16424.

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