Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA


Arthur Francis McClelland

July 30, 1934February 4, 2020
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Arthur Francis McClelland, 85, passed away Tuesday, February 4th, at home. He will be cremated and a visitation will be held at Ankeny Funeral Home (1510 W. First St. Ankeny, IA) from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 10, 2020 at Ankeny Funeral Home followed by a memorial service.

Art was born July 30, 1934 to Earl & Grace (Arthur) McClelland in Corning, IA, and later married Elizabeth (Sherlin) McClelland on October 2, 1954. They eventually made their home in Ankeny where they raised their family. Art served in the United States Army, graduated from NW Missouri State University and Drake University Law School. Art made his career as an Attorney for the Federal Government for over 45 years. Art was self-proclaimed “King” and lifelong member of the Corning Dukes of ’52. He enjoyed all sports, country dancing, and spending time with family and friends. Art was an avid story teller, and enjoyed writing stories under the pseudonyms of King Arthur, The Irish Godfather, and Chingachgook – “The Last of the McClellands”.

He is preceded in death by his devoted wife, Liz; daughter, Catherine Grace McClelland; his parents; sister, Vivian McGaffin (Charles); brother, Earl “Mick” McClelland; and sister-in-laws, Patricia and Jackie McClelland.

Art is survived by his sons, Mike (Jacquie) of Sugar Grove, IL; and Patrick (Terri) of Gilbert, AZ.; daughter, Laurie O'Farrell (Patrick) of Huntsville, AL; four grandchildren, Kristen Koerner-McCallister (Antjuan) of Ankeny; Matthew McClelland of Sandy, Utah, Scott McClelland, of Ankeny, IA and Kevin McClelland of Los Angeles, CA; and two great-grandchildren; Rashawn and Kierra Elizabeth McCallister of Ankeny. Art also leaves behind numerous step-grandchildren, nephews, and nieces and their children related to the McClelland Clan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a fitting tribute to be decided at a later time.


  • Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 10, 2020


Arthur Francis McClelland

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Michelle Yakel

February 16, 2020

So sorry to hear about Art. I always called him Ace! He was a beautiful and sassy soul full of life and many moves lol. Peace be with you and your beautiful family my friend.

Jennifer Shay

February 15, 2020

Art was such a kind soul. He always made me smile whenever I would run into him. He always gave me beautiful compliments and was always ready to dance and so full of life. He was a joy to be around. He always had a smile on his face. He will be truly missed. God Bless you Art and all those who loved you. RIP Art❤🙏

Patty Dougan

February 10, 2020

So sorry to hear of Artie's passing. He was one of the most genuine people I have ever met, always there to lend a helping hand or just listen. His love for St. Patty's Day will be instilled in me forever. I loved him very much. He truly is a legend and will never be forgotten.

Scott Hodge

February 9, 2020

Safe journey my Godfather.

Ginny (Donnelly) Frazee

February 8, 2020

We lived across the street from Art and Liz. Our kids were young when Art fell on his motorcycle and got all skinned up. Art told my boys to tell their dad to not use that Hi Karati (sp?) Stuff. That he had used it and the girls attacked him and that was how he got hurt. The boys came home telling their dad to not get that stuff - it was dangerous. I also remember the snow of 1973 or there abouts when God dumped tons of snow on Ankeny in April. The kids could walk up onto the roof at McClelland's and jump off into the snow, which they did. When neighbors were finally able to pull their car out of the driveway, the snow on top of the car was more than double the height of the car. Our daughter Lynn lives in Charleston, SC, and when she visited, she would run by our old house and stop and say, "Hi," and visit a while with Art. Liz and Art were good friends, who never forgot the "old neighborhood." And we have not forgotten them.
Wishing the family all the happy memories recalled to sustain you and give you all God's peace and comfort.
With love and hugs to all of you.
Ginny (Donnelly) Frazee and all the Donnelly family

Doug and Sheryl Ireland

February 8, 2020

Art McClelland was always a real character. We played in the Paul Gauthier golf outing for several years together. He crowned Doug a Duke of 52 even though Doug graduated in 57. We always enjoyed his editorials before the Corning Homecoming in the fall. He will be greatly missed. Our sympathies to the family.

Stephanie Reynolds

February 8, 2020

My deepest condolences to you all. We have so many fond memories of Art and Liz. I am happy they are together again, but my heart is broken. Sending all our love and comfort.
~Stephanie & Wrigley Reynolds

Debbie Jetmund (Hidder)

February 8, 2020

Art & Liz, the best neighbors we ever had! Our whole family loved your family. The 13 years we spent side by side were some of the best years ever. We always knew we could count on them for anything. They always looked out for our kids, told us countless stories that made us laugh until our sides hurt. From taking care of Tiki while they were at Fairfield Bay, mowing yards, Art's words of wisdom sitting on the front steps late at night, the house fire, the Trick or Drinking on Halloween LOL , The time I ran through your house fully disguised on Halloween while Liz yelled "Art, come help, someone is in our house" while she had NO idea it was me. The Christmas tree skirt she made me that I still use. Lisa singing in Laurie's wedding, Kristin's birth....Those are all memories none of us will forget. They are together again, Art & Liz, RIP, you were loved!

Peggy Ault

February 8, 2020

Very sorry for your loss. I have been thinking alot of your folks, good memories.

Sincerely, Peg Ault & Family

Don York

February 8, 2020

We lived behind Art and Liz for a number of years. Art was quite the character. Lots of laughs and always had a cold Grain Belt on hand if necessary! Condolences to the Family.