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Michael J. McClaren
“Mike” Michael J. McClaren, 43, of Grand Island, died Tuesday,
June 23, 2009 as the result of an accident near Sterling, Colorado.
will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Evangelical Free Church, 2609 S. Blaine
Street. The Reverend Gary Schulte will officiate. Cremation
will take place following the service with his ashes buried in the Grand
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at All Faiths Funeral Home. There
will be a Catholic Rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday also at the funeral home with
the Reverend Richard L. Piontkowski leading.
Mr. McClaren was born July 8, 1965 at Omaha. He was adopted as
an infant by James and Margaret (Malone) McClaren.
Survivors are his wife, Shanda; two sons, Chase and Tanner, both living
at home; his mother, Margaret McClaren of Grand Island and sister and
brother-in-law, Michelle and Larry Hicks of Creston, IA.
Other survivors are his biological mother, Carla Beardmore-Harding of
Omaha; biological brother, Christian Harding of Scottsdale, Arizona and
biological sister, Maria Harding of Omaha; his wife’s parents,
Sandy and William Lawrey of Grand Island and Robert and Ruth Wobig of
Gering, NE; brother-in-law and his wife, Aaron and Tammie Wobig of Grand
Island; brother-in-law, Bill Lawrey, Jr. of Grand Island; sisters-in-law,
Sara and Katie Wobig of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Josh Wobig of Gillette,
Wyoming; uncle and aunt, Frank and Roselee Siegler of Minnesota and cousins,
Chris Siegler, Susan Siegler, William Siegler, Margaret Mills and Mary
Siegler. His father James McClaren preceded him in death.
Mike was raised in Grand Island where he graduated from Central Catholic
High School in 1983. He then graduated from Chadron State College
in 1987. Mike was a two time state champion wrestler for Central
Catholic. He also wrestled at Chadron State and ran track and cross
He was united in marriage to Shanda Wobig on December 13, 1991. He
owned and operated M&S Flooring. Mike loved to run, bicycle,
woodwork, he was an avid photographer and had a real talent for art. Mike
helped coach wrestling at Northwest High School, Barr Middle School and
Grand Island Senior High. He was very active in his sons’ activities. He
was their “greatest fan”.
Because Mike was a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy, everyone is invited
to wear Islander/Central Catholic attire to the service.
Mike was a friend to everyone he met. His love for life and those
around him will be cherished forever.
Memorials are suggested to
a college fund for Chase and Tanner.